Karen McCarthy

Perseverance: For Fannie Lou Hamer

Paper, ink, acrylic paint, colored pencil, thread, digital printing and hand painting and drawing. mounted on panel.

24" X 24"



Perseverance: For Fannie Lou Hamer honors the life and work of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer worked tirelessly for the rights of the poor, and for families in need. She left school after 6th grade to work full time and help support her family.  When she attempted to register to vote in her home state of Mississippi in 1962, (unsuccessfully at first), she was fired from her job and driven off the plantation she’d called home for nearly two decades. Outraged and exceptionally motivated, she began working to secure voting rights for all people of color.


She was threatened, arrested, beaten and shot at, but she persevered. In 1964 she was invited to speak at the Democratic National Convention, where she gave an emotional and extremely powerful speech that drew nationwide attention to the shameful ways that many black Americans were being treated at the time.

"Perseverance: For Fannie Lou Hamer" by Karen McCarthy

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