Fannie Lou Hamer Tells Her Story

Film Clip from “We’ll Never Turn Back” by Harvey Richards

Fannie Lou Hamer speaking in Harvey Richards' film, We'll Never Turn Back, 1963

Fannie Lou Hamer speaking in Harvey Richards’ film, We’ll Never Turn Back, 1963

We’ll Never Turn Back contains unique footage of share croppers and voter registration activists telling their stories of heroism and hardship encountered in their fight to gain the right to vote in Mississippi in 1963. Fannie Lou Hamer tells her story of being evicted from the Marlow plantation where she had worked for 18 years.  Hollis Watkins sings freedom songs and speaks his mind. Julian Bond and Bob Moses tell about their goals and views of the situation in Mississippi.  The camera visits the family of Herbert Lee, murdered in 1962 for his attempts to register to vote.  Sharecroppers tell their stories in their own words.  During that time, many who participated in the filming did so without giving their names because of the fear of reprisals against them for standing up for their right to vote.

Watch Fannie Lou Hamer, who later went on run for Congress with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, tell her story:


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