Fannie Lou Hamer and Social Activism

Not all heroes wear capes. An impactful lesson focuses on the life and activism of Fannie Lou Hamer during the civil rights movement. Scholars read her speeches and other material, participate in group discussion, and complete a jigsaw activity to understand the role of Fannie Lou Hamer during the civil rights movement and the 1964 Democratic Convention. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils write a newspaper article on the achievements of Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Compare the struggles of African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement to modern-day social issues 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires Internet access to view the YouTube video 
  • The resource is great to use for Women's or Black History Month
  • Lesson includes a homework assignment to reinforce key concepts 
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