Honoring Fannie Lou Hamer On The 44th Anniversary Of Her Passing
Fannie Lou Hamer was miraculous woman. Certainly Ms. Hamer was extraordinary in her ability to overcome the barriers that Mississippi racism placed in her path. Yet, she was embodied with an inner strength that overcame her fears. Fannie Lou Hamer sought to light the skies of unlimited possibilities for Black Mississippians. Our communities don’t seem to produce individuals with the power that endowed Ms. Hamer to persevere against the forces of racial hatred that worked to destroy her hopes and dreams not only for herself but for everyone who came into the sphere of Ms. Hamer’s circle. Our black communities could stand to learn about this powerful woman who became the most important person to live in Sunflower County, Mississippi during a time when that county and the entire state festered with vile racial hatred, oppression, and white bigotry. I think of Medgar and Fannie when I think of the ultimate heroes of the black struggle for racial equality and how both determinedly fought to crush those who favored a beaten down Black man or woman, to one standing upright and face to face with their enemies.
Sometimes I wonder if you had a choice of colors which one would choose my brothers, if there were no day or night which one would you choose to be right? We have come so far yet we have so far to go. Whose words would you rather hear my brothers Lil Wayne or DuBois, Kanye or Washington, Lil Uzi or Gil Scott, Tyga or Langston Hughes, Azealia Banks or Fannie Lou Hamer, Theophilus London or Malcolm, Big Sean or Benjamin Mays, Wiz Khalifa or Medgar Evers well I guess we should say both because didn't the words of former lead to the words of the latter?. I want to listen to words of uplift, discontent, and renewal of spirit whether old or new. I will continue listen and learn from our past leaders until our people's have won the absolute battle for universal equality.
I hope this post honoring Fannie Lou Hamer will enlighten you to find somebody out there who needs to have their life truly brightened. There is no reason to go through life afraid and really frightened. If a little Black sharecropper woman can deliver what Fannie Lou Hamer delivered to battle on the frontier of defeating Jim Crow. Then there is no reason why anyone today can’t deliver that same force and faith to change not only their circumstances but also the circumstances of others. You are within grasp of your shining star you need simply reach. You see you may have hardly taken the time or the energy to share and or to teach. These words are not meant to question what you preach. You must avoid those who only seek to only to leech. Yes, you could be that shining star, decide to move forward and you will hit your highest peak.