1964

August, 1964. Fannie Lou Hamer testified before the credentials committee at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey after the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (FMDP) claimed seats originally allocated for Mississippi’s official delegation. The FMDP argued that Mississippi’s delegates were elected in violation of party rules because Black people were excluded from the voting process through voter suppression tactics. Fannie Lou Hamer served as vice chairperson of the FMDP and appeared before the committee in defence of the delegation’s seats. Her testimony, describing the violence and racist practices employed to keep Black Southerners from the polls, was broadcast live on national television.