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DNC to Honor 'Freedom Democrat' Hamer
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DNC to Honor 'Freedom Democrat' Hamer

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Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer testifies at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. Library of Congress hide caption

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Fannie Lou Hamer

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Forty years ago, a poor black sharecropper named Fannie Lou Hamer captured the nation's attention with her testimony before the Democratic National Convention about her struggle to register to vote. She challenged the DNC to seat her Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party instead of the state's all-white delegation. Hamer will be honored Tuesday at the DNC in Boston. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne.

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