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

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University Press of Kentucky, Aug 24, 2007 - 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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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
xxiii
This Little Light of Mine
4
I Been Buked and I Been Scorned
21
I Want My Freedom Now
41
It Isnt Nice to Go to Jail
54
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize Hold On
76
Everybody Knows about Mississippi God Damn
103
Im Going to Sit at the Welcome Table
132
Every Rung Goes Higher Higher
214
Every New One Makes Us Stronger
234
Got My Hand on the Gospel Plow
252
Sisters Brothers All
271
And the Movements Movin On
289
Go Home to My Lord and Be Free
307
Chronology
313
Cast
319

Which Side Are You On?
143
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
170
This Is a Brand New Day
190
Do What the Spirit Says Do
201
Notes
326
Acknowledgments
372
Index
376
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About the author (2007)

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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