Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights leader, at the Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 1964. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress‘s Prints and Photographs division.

Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights leader, at the Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 1964. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress‘s Prints and Photographs division.

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