Fannie Lou Hamer’s Powerful Testimony | Freedom Summer

Fannie Lou Hamer’s Powerful Testimony | Freedom Summer


The testimony before the Credentials Committee, the FDP had a line up of very different people. They had Rita Schwerner, the widow of Mickey, who had been killed in Neshoba County. They had Martin Luther King. Everybody knew King. The seating of the delegation from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, has political and moral significance far beyond the borders of Mississippi, or the halls of this convention. But the highlight of that testimony was that of Fannie Lou Hamer. The sharecropper who had been evicted from her plantation had come to symbolize the Mississippi movement. Mr. Chairmen and to the credentials committee. It was the 31st of August in 1962 that eighteen of us travelled twenty-six miles to the county courthouse in Indianola to try to register to become first class citizens. We was met in Indianola by policemen. The President, Lyndon Johnson, he’s not
afraid of Martin Luther King’s testimony. He’s afraid of Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony. And so he decides that the country should not see her testify live. Johnson is in the White House and he convened an impromptu press conference. We will return to this scene in Atlantic City. But now we switch to the White House and NBC’s
Robert Garosky. Now ladies and gentleman, the President of
the United States. On this day, nine months ago… He did it knowing that they would break away
thinking he might announce who his choice of Vice President was gonna be. Instead he gets up there and he announces,
get this, he announces that it’s nine months to the day since, since Governor Connolly,
who was there, was shot along with President Kennedy. So he announced a nine-month anniversary, everybody’s scratching their heads. Thank you very much. And then he leaves. By that time Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony was over. However, it backfired on Johnson because it became a story that she had been taken off television, and in the news that night and for days afterwards they replayed her testimony. I was carried to the county jail and put in
the booking room. They left some of the people in the booking
room and began to place us in cells. She had Mississippi in her bones. Martin Luther King, or the SNCC field secretaries they couldn’t do what Fannie Lou Hamer did. They couldn’t be a sharecropper and express what it meant. And that’s what Fannie Lou Hamer did. And it wasn’t too long before three white
men came to my cell. One of these men was state a highway patrolman. He said we going to make you wish you was dead.

100 thoughts on “Fannie Lou Hamer’s Powerful Testimony | Freedom Summer

  1. i need the full speech, all i got is people talking over her. Ironically while telling us how President Johnson diverted the American public away from her speech you don't even deliver the full thing to us. Con artist.

  2. This courageous woman to this day still brings me to absolute tears when I hear her speak. We cant ever forget her contribution to our liberation

  3. Black people in the 50s and 60s were some of the smartest and bravest people. America has been Hell on Earth for black folks from 1619 to 2019. I love her speech but at the same time we shouldn't have to give emotional speeches to make the devil feel empathy and compassion for us. They know what they are doing they feel like what their doing (inflicting terror) is ok. It's almost as if inflicting terror is in their DNA. That's why I'm nice I'll be professional but I don't get comfortable around them because I know their spirit and possibly their DNA. But it's in the DNA of black folks to be foolish, ignorant and forgiving. There is no way blacks should be still kissing white ass,wanting to be like whites or having sex with them. Our struggles is captured in the book of Deutroamony. Whats next is Jacobs Trouble. I believe it will be all nations teaming up against the blacks not selling to us or willing to rent or hire us knowing we don't control or own anything. That's why black homelessness and famine is on the rise.

  4. Yes Lord this was something else,Ms.Fannie ,Tell it,like it is,them Devils didnt wanna hear her powerful words,i thank my Ancestors for everything,they had too go through.

  5. White supremacy is gone burn hell we living in last days the Lord return Vengeance for my people The Heathen European Death by the hand of The Messiah are Vengeance wrath right around the corner the Lord said Vengeance is mine He is going to destroy all White supremacy and the ancestors of white supremacy gone die a brutal death by the hand of the Lord it aint a game just stay tune its about to get ugly WW3

  6. Must always keep our voices quiet! There something special about being Black! But we must keep pushing on, God have not forgotten us!!

  7. Dr. Martin Luther King was part of the black elite and made white leadership comfortable with moderate change due to the success of the SCLC and it's protest demand movement. Fannie Lou Hamer came from the grass roots movement. She was not selected or elected, she came from the people. That scared both the white and black elite.

  8. I hope every black person in the comments VOTES. Stop saying it doesn't matter because it does. If every eligible Black person voted it would make an enormous difference.

  9. I am so humbled to share a family bond with Fannie Lou Hamer. On my mother's father's side of the family, his mother, so my great-grandmother, was her husband's 1st cousin. My great-grandmother was a Hamer until she married my great-grandfather who's a Robinson. I had the last name Robinson until my mother changed it because she wanted to ensure that if something happened to my biological father that I'd be eligible to inherit from his estate. ???

  10. Wow. This country is so afraid of the testimony and power of the Black woman that they will do literally anything to silence us. Speak your truth always, Sisters.

  11. USA been low a long time. Wrestling with ur barbaric nature. Look like monsters if u dont change into humans. But it feels so good to be a racist pos. Still got us suffering. Savages.

  12. Why in the hell didn't you play her whole speech. The media and propaganda that has Tardis this nation. The Awakening video and audio evidence shows the evilness of this country. Propaganda kills

  13. Black women TODAY should emulate Fannie Lou Hamer instead of Beyonce and Love and HIP Hop Atlanta or some damn Basketball Wives. This is another strategy of the white man to destroy the black race even more!!

  14. And this video doesnt allow us to hear the speech that Johnson didnt want us to hear either. Those policeman beat her that day.

  15. As soon as u said “boy” that told me everything. If you saw me in the streets you’d be quite as a church mouse. You’re a keyboard gangster nothing more nothing less. You’ve a Coward just like Johnson was

  16. From that time to now we cannot let them turn us around freedom fight is still going on thank you Miss Fannie from leading the way

  17. Mrs. Fannie Lou Hammer
    was a giant in heart and spirit l often feel sorry because of what she endured she was a courageous woman l still think of her today and she was also intelligent and courageous.

  18. Shalawam and Halito. Too much talking over the Testimonies. Where can I find this Conference? Still an issue till this very day. Mississippi all over her right there.

  19. Where Were All The Illegal Immigrants During These Painful And Brutal Times In America? No Where To Be Found Except Waiting On The Right Time To Cross Our Borders Illegally To Leech Off The Progress Established By Socalled Black Americans ( THE INDIGENOUS ABORIGINES ). WHAT ATE THEY DOING TODAY? STILL CROSSING OUR BORDERS ILLEGALLY AND USING THE PEOPLE OF COLOR CODES TO BECOME POLITICAL OPPORTUNISTS! OUR BLOOD- SWEAT AND TEARS WILL NOT GO UNCOMPENSATED!! B1 FAMILY!

  20. The euro illegal occupiers in this country have always tried to silence Black voices for 400 yrs.. Yet we ALWAYS demand and have our voices heard LOUD

  21. Look how them no goods looking, they know she telling the truth, and they want us to forget the pass, down south still to this day have some of the most evil white folk GOD has ever created.

  22. 3:17… does this chick know shes at a congressional meeting ..and not …. the 1st lady at the greater southern Baptist Pentecostal church on the mountain top? ?

  23. SHE'S SO GORGEOUS,STRONG..SHE REMINDS ME OF MY MOM,GRANDMA FROM S.C,MY CHURCH MOTHER FROM GEORGIA..#DABLACKWOMANISDAJEWELOFDAEARTH

  24. The fact that the president was not afraid of Martin's testimony speaks volume and sheds light on Malcolm's perspective on Martin……

  25. The wrong will always try to obliterate the right. I have never heard of this woman, but I am going to find out more about her legacy.

  26. Her strength and courage is awe inspiring. If it weren’t for Ms. Hamer and all of the Civil Rights Martyrs and protesters, I wouldn’t be able to live the life that I live today…..I am very grateful. ??❤️

  27. and Black people STILL believe Democrats are their friends. Shame! Shame on the Democrat party in 1962 and Shame on the Democrat party today – now – November 2919

  28. Believe me when I say that something is going on. All the unrighteous things that have been done in this world is coming to the light.

  29. Fannie Lou Hamer looks exactly like, talks exactly like and sounds exactly like my late Aunt Annie Hawkins from New York. May they both rest in peace.

  30. What kills is that they said, "We aren't ready for you to vote." The majority in society will never "be ready" for our liberation. Just like Fannie Lou Hamer, we will have to take our freedom.

  31. Obediah 1:7-9, Deuteronomy 30:1-7, Revelation 14:8 & 18:2-24 marks the end of WS in the world, HR1242 marks the beginning of the end and the exodus Revelation 18:4 of people of color in the 4 corners of the world, as the might of power returns to our hands by Elohim! Get ready people all over the world, the wheels chariots are coming in & through the clouds! Every eye shall see them as he prepares to swing low in the mid air around the 4 corners of the world! For he is in the wheel in the middle of the wheel chariots and the army's of the world in fear shall make war with him and be defeated by 1 word frequency from Elohims mouth!!! Blessed be to him and his black coal/soot "Visage" face peoples, spoken of in Lamintation 4:8 no church wants to speak about!!!

  32. While Black Mississippians were fighting for better conditions, even though they owned more farms in Mississippi than any state at the time, the focus on Freedom Summer was to be about voting rights so 900 Northern students bankrolled by their parents headed to Mississippi. The narrative was crafted by Northerners and not by the people that lived there. (See The Atlantic, September 2019 article: 'The Great Land Robbery: The shameful story of how 1 million black families have been ripped from their farms, " by VANN R. NEWKIRK II

    During the Mississippi Freedom Summer, it was called, northern liberal ivy league students' behavior and thought process about Black people after arriving in Mississippi as described by Kenneth Heineman, especially that of the white female students, were so outrageous and so disrespect that " it resulted in the eventual self-destruction of SNCC.SNCC religiously motivated members were appalled by the sight of white women and black men parading hand in hand and groping each other in Southern streets.SNCC's militant faction, led by Stokely Carmichael…also frowned on interracial sex… "

    The students engaged in drugs and orgies in the open fields angering both whites and blacks since Black Mississippians were church-going people. That element would do its dirty work behind the experience and integrity of Fannie Lou Homer.

    I would encourage you to read Kenneth J. Heineman " Put Your Bodies Upon The Wheels: Student Revolt in the 1960," (2001)

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