Sankofa: Fannie Lou Hamer, Freedom Fighter, Human Rights Activist, honoring her life and legacy

Sankofa is a principle derived from the Akan people of Ghana that one should remember the past to make positive progress in the future. The Akan tribe of Ghanaian Africans is part of the larger Ashanti (or Asante) group of people from West Africa.

Sankofa literally means “to retrieve” , “go back and get it”, “go and fetch it” in the Akan Twi language. Sankofa is about knowing one’s history and heritage therefore knowing one’s self, knowing the world and knowing how to make both better.

Fannie Lou Hamer, Freedom Fighter/ Human Rights Activist; Fannie Lou Hamer (née Townsend) October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) was an African American voting and human rights activist, community organizer, and a leader in the “civil rights movement”. She was the co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Hamer also organized Mississippi’s Freedom Summer along with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She was also a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, an organization created to recruit, train, and support women of all races who wish to seek election to government office. Her testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, in her own words.

Host/producer:  Donna Morrow Wolfe

Co-host/co-producer: Karen E. Griffin


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