On Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 PM, the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library will co-host with the City of Takoma Park a film by Robin Hamilton, “This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer.” The screening will take place in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Avenue.
Fannie Lou Hamer was a middle-aged sharecropper living in poverty in Mississippi before she rose up to become a pivotal civil rights activist of the 1960s. She helped organize the 1964 Freedom Summer African American voter registration drive, working with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. She also helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which challenged the state’s all-white delegation to the 1964 Democratic convention.
Robin Hamilton is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, who highlights Hamer’s neglected story in the film. After the film, Hamilton will discuss Hamer’s life and the ongoing fight for civil rights with José Morales, the community engagement and projects director for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which works to end gerrymandering across the country. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library and the city of Takoma Park’s “We Are Takoma” cultural series.