Quotation by Fannie Lou Hamer

Our foreparents were mostly brought from West Africa.... We were brought to America and our foreparents were sold; white people bought them; white people changed their names ... my maiden name is supposed to be Townsend, but really, what is my maiden name? What is my name?
Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 7, by Hay Mills (1993).

The Mississippi civil rights leader, granddaughter of a slave, was reflecting in the 1960s on black Americans' situation after visiting an African country (Guinea) for the first time.
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