October 11, 2017

Fannie Lou Hamer

NYU Washington, DC and The March on Washington Film Festival, a production of The Raben Group, commemorated the 100th birthday of famed Civil Rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer.

A screening of the short film This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer was followed by a discussion with veteran activist Dorie Ladner, filmmaker Robin Hamilton, and Kim Jeffries Leonard, President and CEO of Envision Consulting and Member of LINKS, Inc.  These dynamic women talked about Hamer's life and share stories that will deepen our understanding of how women played an integral role in the Civil Rights Movement. 


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Meet the Panel

Robin Hamilton

Robin Hamilton

Kim Jeffries Leonard

Kim Jeffries Leonard

Dorie Ladner

Dorie Ladner


This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer

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Director, Producer, Writer:
Robin Hamilton

Editors:
Bob Kanner, Stefanie Dworkin

Cinematographer:
Jeff Tanner

In Ruleville, Mississippi in 1961, summers were scorching, cotton was still king, and African Americans were shackled to white intimidation, poverty and cruel injustice. Fannie Lou Hamer, a middle aged sharecropper living on a sprawling plantation, had known no other way.

But that all changed when anger, fate and an invitation to a voting registration meeting redirected the course of her destiny.

During this half hour documentary, we will follow the life of a bold, unlettered woman who challenged the white establishment, chastised the Black political elite and fought for so many like her who had little else to lose and everything to gain.Too often, women in the Civil Rights Movement have been relegated to footnotes in history. This film shines a bright light on a heroine who was a tireless soldier in the battle for equal rights.

27 min., 2015, USA

 


The March on Washington Film Festival, a production of The Raben Group, increases awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspires renewed passion for activism. The festival uses the power of film, music, and the arts to share these important stories.


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