This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

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University Press of Kentucky, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 390 pages
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" WITH A FOREWORD BY MARION WRIGHT EDELMAN The award-winning biography of black civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. ""Riveting. Provides a history that helps us to understand the choices made by so many black men and women of Hamer's generation, who somehow found the courage to join a movement in which they risked everything."" --New York Times Book Review ""One is forced to pause and consider that this black daughter of the Old South might have been braver than King and Malcolm."" --Washington Post Book World ""An epic that nurtures us as we confront today's challenges and helps us Keep Hope Alive.'"" --Jesse L. Jackson ""Not only does This Little Light of Mine recount a vital part of America""s history, but it lights our future as readers are inspired anew by Mrs. Hamer's spirit, courage, and commitment."" --Marian Wright Edelman ""This book is the essence of raw courage. It must be read."" --Rep. John Lewis

 

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

Why does this 1993 biography seem so much stronger and more straight forward than what I am reading now? I know there's much more introspection and navel gazing these days, especially in memoirs. Here ... Read full review

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

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From former Los Angeles Times editorial writer Mills (A Place in the News, 1988)—a biography more fulsome than definitive of civil-rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. The 20th child of dirt-poor black ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
This Little Light of Mine
6
I Been Buked and I Been Scorned
23
I Want My Freedom Now
43
It Isnt Nice to Go to Jail
56
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize Hold On
78
Everybody Knows about Mississippi God Damn
105
Im Going to Sit at the Welcome Table
134
Every Rung Goes Higher Higher
216
Every New One Makes Us Stronger
236
Got My Hand on the Gospel Plow
254
Sisters Brothers All
273
And the Movements Movin On
291
Go Home to My Lord and Be Free
309
Chronology
315
Cast
321

Which Side Are You On?
145
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
172
This Is a Brand New Day
192
Do What the Spirit Says Do
203
Notes
328
Acknowledgments
374
Index
378
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About the author (1994)

Kay Mills, freelance writer, worked for the Los Angeles Times for 13 years, including a stint on its editorial board. She has a B.A. in political science from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in history from Northwestern University. In addition to her work at the Times, Mills worked for Senator Edmund Muskie during the 1970s and for the Newhouse newspaper chain. Kay Mills's books include A Place in the News: From the Women's Pages to the Front Page and This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a biography of the civil rights activist from Mississippi.

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