Quotation by Fannie Lou Hamer

...I always said if I lived to get grown and had a chance, I was going to try to get something for my mother and I was going to do something for the black man of the South if it would cost my life; I was determined to see that things were changed.
Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in Freedomways, p. 232 (Second quarter, 1965).

On growing up poor in Mississippi, the youngest of twenty children. Hamer's mother wore ragged clothes and went blind following an accident, because she could not get proper medical care.
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