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.
I have a habit of turning on the radio for the news first thing in the morning.
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.