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Let It Shine: Fannie Lou Hamer

Summer Book Club Read on Stories of Black Female Freedom Fighters

This summer, we're reading Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters.

Fannie Lou Hamer was a women's and voting rights activist, civil rights movement leader, and community organizer. She also represented the Freedom Democratic Party, as a co-founder and vice-chair, at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

Hamer also co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus. She also organized Freedom Summer in Mississippi with the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee.

According to Wikipedia, "Hamer received many awards both in her lifetime and after. She received a Doctor of Law from Shaw University and honorary degrees from Columbia College Chicago in 1970 and Howard University in 1972. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.


Harlem youth can attend Book Club classes live on Zoom on Wednesdays at noon through August 14, 2020. Parents, sign up your student(s) for Virtual Summer Programming at

To learn more about our Virtual Summer Programming, click here.

BGCHarlem 2020 Book Club made possible by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

BGCHarlem would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the donation of our Summer 2020 Book Club books in our Summer Fun Kits for summer campers toward the amplification of Black voices through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Equity Initiative. Click here to learn more about HMH's Books for Equity Initiative.

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