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Sojourners Magazine: December 1982

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Cover Story

Fannie Lou Hamer was a prophet from the Delta.
The main thing that struck people about Mrs. Hamer was the sense that she was a very strong Christian person.
In the summer of 1962, I volunteered to work for SNCC in Ruleville setting up voter registration drives.
In early June of 1963, when I was 15 years old, a group of us including Fannie Lou Hamer and Annelle Ponder of SCLC went from Greenwood, Mississippi, to a voter education workshop in Charleston, South Carolina.


Churches take part in a new underground railroad.
Meditations for Advent.
Wanderers in our cities.


I have a habit of turning on the radio for the news first thing in the morning. 
Unpredictability is a mark of life in Central America.
We present Fannie Lou Hamer's story as a simple reminder that God's light of love and justice shines in the midst of the most terrible darkness.
Last year Advent was a very special time for me. A child taught me, in a way only a child can, something precious, something true about the birth we all await.


Written for my wife, Jeanne