Fannie Lou Hamer's Funeral Service Draws Civil Rights Luminaries

Air Date: 03/21/1977
Source:
NBC Today Show
Creator:
Floyd Kalber/Myron Lowery
Air/Publish Date:
03/21/1977
Event Date:
1917-1977
Resource Type:
News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
1977
Clip Length:
00:01:48

At her memorial service, both blacks and whites pay homage to Fannie Lou Hamer, who worked her whole life for civil rights and to help the poor.

Fannie Lou Hamer's Funeral Service Draws Civil Rights Luminaries

FLOYD KALBER, anchor: Finally Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights leader from the early days of the movement, will be buried today, she died last week and she was 60. At a memorial service yesterday she won praise for the years that she devoted to Civil Rights work in the South. Myron Lowery of WNC Memphis, reports on that.

MYRON LOWERY, reporting: Fannie Lou Hamer was the symbol of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. She led the fight for black representation in the Mississippi Democratic Party; she was the National Secretary for the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. She organized day-care centers and formed cooperatives for poor people. At her funeral Mrs. Hamer was praised by a cross section of American leaders including Assistant Secretary of State Hodding Carter.

HODDING CARTER, Assistant Secretary of State: Mrs. Hamer, there are a lot of fraying in her lifetime, and I think that history will say that among those who were freed were white Mississippians. Who were finally free if they had the will to be freed, from their selves, and from their history, from their racism, from their past.

LOWERY: United Nations ambassador Andrew Young worked with Fannie Lou Hamer and he praised her achievements in upgrading the lives for blacks in the south.

ANDREW YOUNG, UN Ambassador: Thank you for you inspiration, and thank you for the example, thank you for sole strengthening our lives, so that we might live so that god can use us any time and any where. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…

LOWERY: Ruleville, Mississippi, Myron Lowery for NBC News.

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