Archive | Fannie Lou Hamer

Lawrence Guyot, long time civil rights advocate, dies

Lawrence Guyot (July 17, 1939 – November 23, 2012) was a civil rights activist who was the head of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party from 1964 (Publisher’s note: This story just came in. Lawrence Guyot was a longtime fighter for civil rights. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Philadelphia, Miss., on the steps of […]

Mississippi statue to honor civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer

Note: Free ebook, Who Killed Emmett Till, July 13 at Smashwords. Go to * * * * * Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer was known world-wide for her civil rights and voting rights activities. THERE ARE SOME essential stories one must know to understand or at least have a feel for the modern civil rights movement in […]

The Shocking Truth About Guns and Civil Rights

[Note: As a researcher and writer of Mississippi modern civil rights, I still hear people, including news commentators and some historians, assert that this movement was nonviolent, and that guns were not part of it, except for Klansmen and other white racists. In fact, because of the KKK and Citizens Councils (with members such as […]

The Modern Civil Rights Movement in America (It Just Keeps Rollin’ Along)

The late Fannie Lou Hamer of Ruleville, Miss. was known for her soul-filled  singing and civil rights activism. Only several weeks ago, the nation was talking about the murder of Emmett Till, an event that is some 50-plus years postmortem. Why so? While late last August was the 56th anniversary of Till’s brutal death in 1955, […]

Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin Stories Continue to Deserve Attention; Where is the Media?

“Whore’s Lake” in the Mississippi Delta, near the spot where Emmett Till was killed back in the summer of 1955, has a history of its own…black women were frequently killed and thrown into this lake by white women of the Ku Klux Klan for the alleged crime of sleeping with their husbands. The lake is […]

What does retirement have to do with civil rights? diversity? social justice?

A quick note to readers of the Emmett Till blog — You are invited to drop by my newest blog, The Retirement Monologues at, where I am focusing on the latest retirement issues that face many of us as we march on through life. Not financial planning (everyone else worries about that), but fun stuff […]

More and more women are becoming entrepreneurs: from the outset, midway through corporate careers, and as they face retirement

Working women are getting better and better at taking care of themselves financially, through becoming entrepreneurs. In fact, new research is showing that more professional business women than ever before are blowing Corporate Dodge and leaving their employee positions to become their own profit centers. Others are starting their own businesses at the very beginning of their careers. […]

The Help’s Viola Davis Says She Based Her Character ‘Very Loosely’ on Fannie Lou Hamer; Not!

Hollywood movies try to turn real events during the civil rights movment into ‘feel-good’ films. In The Help, a much publicized film that focuses on the modern civil rights movement, Viola Davis, a Juilliard-trained actor best known for her Oscar-nominated role opposite Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (and for her stage work, for which she has […]

New Civil Rights Book With Diversity Themes Focuses On Respect and Black Women

Fannie Lou Hamer of Ruleville, Mississippi — known for her gospel singing and bravery during the modern civil rights movement. (This photo may be subject to copyright.) (From Civil Rights Cold Cases: Keep Digging, David Person, USA Today) …Maybe it’s because from the days of [enslavement] up to and beyond the 1944 rape of RecyTaylor, black […]

From the land of Emmett Till: Fannie Lou Hamer

For Black History Month, Remembering the Bravery of Fannie Lou Hamer There are some essential stories one must know to understand or at least have a feel for the modern civil rights movement in the US. Besides knowing the story of Emmett Till, it is critical to know of Fannie Lou Hamer. Writes civil rights […]