The Clarion-Ledger, from Jackson, Miss., covered our opening night, featuring Mississippi hero Fannie Lou Hamer.
WASHINGTON – Civil rights activists, lawmakers and others gathered Wednesday night in a historic black church in Washington, D.C., to honor the work of the late Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi native.
“She made it very plain for the people,” said Dorie Ladner, a Hattiesburg native who worked with Hamer. “We’re continuing to see what she’s contributed.”
The Wednesday night tribute to Hamer kicked off a week of events celebrating the civil rights movement, including a film on Louisiana’s Ruby Bridges this Saturday and an event next Tuesday honoring women involved in the movement. The events are part of the March on Washington Film Festival.