Making Contact

Mrs. Hamer, Echoes

Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, spoke words that are all too relevant today.  Mrs Hamer would have turned 100 years old on October 6th 2017. Today on Making Contact, you’ll hear archival recordings, and excerpts from a powerful new film featuring Fannie Lou Hamer’s contemporaries– themselves now elders.  You’ll hear about the context of her life, and the lives of other sharecroppers in Mississippi from a seldom heard film produced for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC.


  • Amzie Moore, SNCC, The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee
  • Sharecroppers
  • Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Dorie Ladner and Heather Booth , Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
  • Reverend Leslie McLemore, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Music Credits:

Music from Robin Hamilton’s film by Mathew Prins, Josh Kramer, Fred Capo, Cinquequarti, ArtTune Tech, Pond 5 Music

Original Music by Lisa E. Williams

Fannie Lou Hamer – Sweet Honey in the Rock

Prelude 1 – Chris Zabriskie

Caravan – Blue Dot Session
Ergo Phizmiz

Cory Gray

 Photo Credit: Fannie Lou Hamer, Howard University Library Systems


This Little Light of Mine: the Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, soon-to-be released film by Robin Hamilton

Paul Richards at Estuary Press and the films Dream Deferred and produced by his late father Harvey Richards

Claude Marks and Freedom Archives

Colin Edwards and Mary Edwards

Shawn Dellis at Pacifica Archives

Keith McMillian at Jackson State University

Dr. Guha Shankar at the Library of Congress Folklife Center

Dr. Sade Turnipseed and her Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Interpretive Center

Making Contact Host: Anita Johnson

Editing Assistant: Emily Harris

Staff Producers:  Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, R.J. Lozada

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin

Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker

For More information:

Fannie Lou Hamer

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