Fannie Lou Hamer, called the "spirit of the Civil Rights Movement," led the way with organizing ability, music, and stories, helping to win the right to vote for African Americans in the South.
See: Fannie Lou Hamer Biography
• I"m sick and tired of being sick and tired.
• To support whatever is right, and to bring in justice where we"ve had so much injustice.
• Nobody"s free until everybody"s free.
• We serve God by serving our fellow man; kids are suffering from malnutrition. People are going to the fields hungry. If you are a Christian, we are tired of being mistreated.
• Whether you have a Ph.D., or no D, we"re in this bag together. And whether you"re from Morehouse or Nohouse, we"re still in this bag together. Not to fight to try to liberate ourselves from the men -- this is another trick to get us fighting among ourselves -- but to work together with the black man, then we will have a better chance to just act as human beings, and to be treated as human beings in our sick society.
• There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.
• One night I went to the church. They had a mass meeting. And I went to the church, and they talked about how it was our right, that we could register and vote. They were talking about we could vote out people that we didn"t want in office, we thought that wasn"t right, that we could vote them out.
That sounded interesting enough to me that I wanted to try it. I had never heard, until 1962, that black people could register and vote.
• When they asked for those to raise their hands who"d go down to the courthouse the next day, I raised mine. Had it high up as I could get it. I guess if I"d had any sense I"d"ve been a little scared, but what was the point of being scared?
The only thing they could do to me was kill me and it seemed like they"d been trying to do that a little bit at a time ever since I could remember.
• The landowner said I would have to go back to withdraw or I would have to leave and so I told him I didn"t