American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Hamer, Fannie Lou 1917-1977. American civil rights activist. In 1962 she was violently attacked and imprisoned for challenging Mississippi's discriminatory voting laws.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of hammer.
“But Fannie Lou Hamer is the American hero about whom most Americans know nothing.”
“CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article referred to Hamer as a "pathologist.”
“Rivers of Sand" (1974), about an Ethiopian people called the Hamer, was based on two visits, in 1968 (for about a month) and 1971 (two months).”
“The Hamer is a rare flying V designed for Michael Schenker.”
“Fannie Lou Hamer accused him of putting his political ambitions above his commitment to civil rights.”
“Just four years later, in 1968, Mississippi sent an integrated delegation to the Democratic National Convention; many of the Freedom Democrats were delegates, including Fannie Lou Hamer.”
“But my mom says, Mrs. Hamer testified in front of Congress in 1963 about how she was treated in jail in Mississippi.”
“Richard Hamer When a poet in the Middle Ages looked at a book s/he didn't see something pristine, like my copy of Klaeber's Beowulf, which is still too new to be dog-eared and worn.”
“Mohammed Abu Sbeaa, a 21-year-old fighter in the Hamer Brigade, named after Tripoli's prerevolutionary parliament building, said he went through several weeks of training after joining the unit in mid-July.”
“But my model of political activism includes the people featured in the Nation's recent article "The Fifty Most Influential Progressives of the Twentieth Century," or Fannie Lou Hamer, whose testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Convention was for me an early model of the courage that political activism entailed.”
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