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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.
Rev. Joseph Lowery
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery came to public attention again when he gave the eulogy at Coretta Scott King’s funeral in 2006 and more recently when he delivered the benediction at Barack Obama’s Inauguration, January 20, 2009. However, Lowery has never been far from the public eye as he has been a civil rights activist since the early 1950’s.