Top 25 Quotes of Fannie Lou Hamer

With the people, for the people, by the people. I crack up when I hear it; I say, with the handful, for the handful, by the handful, cause that’s what really happens.

Fannie Lou Hamer

Why should I leave Ruleville, and why should I leave Mississippi? I go to the big city, and with the kind of education they give us in Mississippi, I got problems. I’d wind up in a soup line there.

Fannie Lou Hamer

White Americans today don’t know what in the world to do because when they put us behind them, that’s where they made their mistake… they put us behind them, and we watched every move they made.

Fannie Lou Hamer

What I really feel is necessary is that the black people in this country wil have to upset this apple cart. We can no longer ignore the fact that America is not the… land of the free and the home of the brave.

Fannie Lou Hamer

We hadn’t heard anything about registering to vote because when you see this flat land in here, when the people would get out of the fields, if they had a radio, they’d be too tired to play it. So we didn’t know what was going on in the rest of the state, even, much less in other places.

Fannie Lou Hamer

They talked about how it was our rights as human beings to register and vote. I never knew we could vote before. Nobody ever told us.

Fannie Lou Hamer

They – you know, when we walked in – when I walked in with the two white men that had carried me down – and they cursed me all the way down. They would ask me questions, and when I would try to answer, they would tell me to hush.

Fannie Lou Hamer

There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.

Fannie Lou Hamer

That’s why I want to change Mississippi. You don’t run away from problems – you just face them.

Fannie Lou Hamer

People have got to get together and work together. I’m tired of the kind of oppression that white people have inflicted on us and are still trying to inflict.

Fannie Lou Hamer

One day, I know the struggle will change. There’s got to be a change – not only for Mississippi, not only for the people in the United States, but people all over the world.

Fannie Lou Hamer

On the 10th of September 1962, sixteen bullets was fired into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tucker for me.

Fannie Lou Hamer

Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.

Fannie Lou Hamer

It was the 31st of August in 1962 that eighteen of us traveled twenty-six miles to the county courthouse in Indianola to try to register to become first-class citizens. We was met in Indianola by policemen, Highway Patrolmen, and they only allowed two of us in to take the literacy test at the time.

Fannie Lou Hamer

Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where we have to sleep with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings in America?

Fannie Lou Hamer

I’m showing the people that a Negro can run for office.

Fannie Lou Hamer

If the white man gives you anything – just remember when he gets ready he will take it right back. We have to take for ourselves.

Fannie Lou Hamer

If I fall, I’ll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom. I’m not backing off.

Fannie Lou Hamer

I’d been in jail, and I’d been beat. I had been to a voter registration workshop, you know, to – they were just training and teaching us how to register, to pass the literacy test.

Fannie Lou Hamer

I was forced away from the plantation because I wouldn’t go back and withdraw, you know, my literacy test after I had tried to take it. I wouldn’t go back.

Fannie Lou Hamer

I know lots of people in Mississippi who have lost their jobs trying to register to vote.

Fannie Lou Hamer

I had to leave, and my husband was forced to stay on this plantation until after the harvest season was over. And then the man that we had worked for, he’d taken the car, and the most of the few things we had had been stolen.

Fannie Lou Hamer

I feel sorry for anybody that could let hate wrap them up. Ain’t no such thing as I can hate anybody and hope to see God’s face.

Fannie Lou Hamer

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Fannie Lou Hamer

Every red stripe in that flag represents the black man’s blood that has been shed.

Fannie Lou Hamer