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Mzuri presents the Fannie Lou Hamer Story, the legendary Civil Rights Activist

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When mZuri sings, God smiles, and angels flap their wings." mZuri presented... Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer, On Saturday at The First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, New Brunswick, NJ~~~~~ MZURI performed for a full church! She sold out of DVDs and CDs. However it is not too late..MZURI will return to the NY TRI-Stare Area on Saturday September 14 @ MT. Olive Church in Hackensack, NJ www.mountolivebaptist.org ~~~~~~ MZURI a one-woman show, up close and personal. This presentation captures a little known moment in history and lays it at your feet. ~~~~~~~~~http://www.mzurisings.com~~~~~~~~~~~~ In 1965 Hamer, Victoria Gray, and Annie Devine ran for Congress and challenged the seating of the regular Mississippi representatives before the U.S. House of Representatives. Though they were unsuccessful in their challenge, the 1965 elections were later overturned. Hamer continued to be politically active and from 1968 to 1971 was a member of the Democratic National Committee from Mississippi. In 1963 Hamer became a registered voter and a SNCC field secretary. She worked with voter registration drives in various locales and helped develop programs to assist economically deprived African American families. She was regularly threatened and faced beatings, a bombing, and ridicule. Nevertheless, she was a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), formed in April 1964 to challenge the all-white Mississippi delegation to the Democratic National Convention. The MFDP sent 68 representatives in August 1964 to the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hamer was one of the representatives who testified before the party's Credentials Committee. In a televised presentation, Hamer talked about the formidable barriers that southern African Americans faced in their struggle for civil rights. She talked about the murders of civil rights activists such as Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.