The Fannie Lou Hamer Story


"All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

                                                                                                     - Fannie Lou Hamer

Following the Sandra Bland case, Tamir Rice's death, the many deaths of young men and women of color all across the United States, the plight, fire and determination of this powerful woman Fannie Lou Hamer, must be told. She created a movement and changed a nation. Facing and battling dual civil rights (racism and sexism), this woman is the picture of justice and what it means to take a stand. 

Fannie Lou Hamer (Sharese “Reecy” Jackson), born October 6, 1917 in Mississippi, was an American voting rights activist, civil leader, and philanthropist. Her plain-spoken elegance and passionate belief in the scriptural righteousness for justice in America gained her a reputation as a captivating speaker and persistent activist for civil rights. She was one of the founding members of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and her testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Convention helped lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 


Veteran actor, playwright and director Barry Scott founded ANPT with a mission to foster a public appreciation of theatrical productions written by or about the culture and heritage of African-Americans. In essence, we are “telling stories that must be told”. Founded in 1992, ANPT is an organization that is committed to making a difference in the local and world community. 

More About Fannie

Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was born Fannie Lou Townsend on October 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. She was the youngest of 20 children. She was fired from her job and driven from the plantation she had called home for nearly two decades—just for registering to vote.