Friday, March 14, 2008

"we didn't come to compromise"

this date in herstory:
on 14 march 1977 civil rights activist fannie lou hamer passed away. ms hamer (b. 1917) was an electrifying speaker and tireless advocate for the rights of african-americans and for the poor. ms. hamer is perhaps best known for her presence at the 1964 democratic national convention, she attended with a delegation of other civil rights activists in order to draw attention to the plight of african-americans in mississippi. most blacks were not allowed to vote. she is credited with saying the often quoted expression "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired" which later was used as her epitaph. god bless you fannie lou and thank you!

photo: kent, ohio march 2008

7 comments:

Barbara said...

My father loved that expression. I'm glad to finally know its origin.

Ekim said...

Kimy, thank you for your nuggets. I don't often comment but just want you to know I am a fan.

lettuce said...

i'm really appreciating your insights and info. about equal/civil rights.

and this is a great photo! just sums it up

:o)

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

there's a nice visual complementarity between this post and the preceding one - the green stripes of the awning and the green strokes of the neon tubing with their oddly dissonant messages.
Not to mention the ongoing series on great women? thanks once again.

Dumdad said...

Great expression - now I know who said it. Thanks!

Steve said...

It's so interesting that I've never heard of many of these people or their stories. Rather alarming, actually. Thanks for the valuable herstory!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

women's history/herstory month has been great fun for me - I'm happy to learn that others are enjoying it too! thanks everyone for your comments!