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Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie Lou Hamer, born in 1917, was the granddaughter of a Mississippi slave and the youngest of 20 children. At the age of 6 she worked as a sharecropper in the fields with her parents. She was forced to drop out of school in the 6th grade to work full time to help support her family.
Rosa Parks (2/4/13 – 10/24/05) was a civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress called “The Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement”. It was on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama when Mrs. Parks was arrested for violating the law by refusing to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man.