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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 […]