This piece is published in collaboration with Echoing Ida, a Forward Together project. This June marks the 50th anniversary of Mississippi’s Freedom Summer—a campaign launched to end the systematic and violent disenfranchisement of Black people in Mississippi by registering them to vote. This effort was not only to draw national attention to the terror Black people experienced as they fought for their right to vote, but also to cultivate the organizing skills of a network of local leaders.
Jazmine Walker, Furious and Brave, RH Reality Check
Hamer’s inclusion of sterilization in a hearing primarily organized to ensure the protection of Mississippi Freedom Summer volunteers and lay the groundwork for the 1965 Voting Rights Act highlighted how both the right to vote and reproductive freedom were necessary for justice for Black women in Mississippi.
Learn more about Fannie Lou Hamer, we recommend, "The Senator and The Sharecropper" http://www.misslib.org/index.php/2008/10/01/the-senator-and-the-sharecropper-the-freedom-struggles-of-james-o-eastland-and-fannie-lou-hamer/
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