Fannie Lou Hamer Bookmark (Faith Heroes)

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“We can’t separate Christ from freedom and freedom from Christ.”Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)

Bio (on back): Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer was about upholding the dignity of all people. In her state of Mississippi, that meant challenging abusive sharecropping practices that kept Black residents in debt. Hamer also fought to destroy voter suppression tactics that kept African Americans from becoming “first-class citizens.” She helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and launched the Freedom Farm Cooperative to empower the poor with economic stability and homeownership. Known for belting out hymns that could calm fears and inspire courage, Hamer endured torture in jail and a forced hysterectomy. “I feel sorry for anybody that could let hate wrap them,” she once said. “Ain’t no such thing as I can hate anyone and hope to see the face of God.”

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  • Celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader and activist Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Back of bookmark relays Christian leader’s brief biography
  • Remember the unique contributions of Christians of color
  • Bookmark is 2×6 inches and made of durable coated 14pt card stock