Fannie Lou Hamer, Stacey Abrams, Amapoundcake, Nse Ufot, & Alana Belle; Artwork by: Jabari Mickles (@Jablukmic)
We should never forget the work of women’s rights and voters’ rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer put her life on the line for us to have the right to vote. In 1962, she learned that she could reshape American politics. It was the day she attended a meeting held by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) where she heard “We could vote out people that we didn’t want in office”. It was this experience that leads Hamer to organize Freedom Summer, taught other Black people to read, and fought against voter suppression.
It wasn’t long after election day did we see Stacey Abrams was trending on social media. Stacey Abrams, 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate, founded an organization that would register 800,000 marginalized voters in Georgia. At this moment, it became apparent that Black Women have always saved the day.
Black Women have always been on the frontlines of voting rights and the heart of American activist movements. Hamer’s influence manifests in Southern fat, Black women.
Lex C. tweeted,” If you’re wondering who to thank, start here. It’s the collective action of Black women that will uncover a new south. Don’t let your thanksgiving end here though. There’s BW in your life right now that deserve to hear it too.” Featuring the names of four fat Black Women and their organizations.
Nse Ufot, CEO of New Georgia Project, has spent years building power throughout Georgia. They knocked on 1 million doors, texted, and called 3 million potential voters.
“This is real,” Ufot says “We have been telling people about this moment for quite some time…Voter Suppression is still happening.” When asked how this work relates to Fannie Lou Hamer, she says “ I say her name every day.” Ufot also praises Stacey Abrams. “She’s in rooms that none of us are in. She made Obama and Biden come to Georgia.”
Alana Belle, State Program Manager for Care in Action, organized phone banking initiatives with domestic workers. She reminded us that many domestic workers are fat Black Femmes and their quality of life must be considered.
Recently, there was a video posted about the history of voting and Fanni Lou Hamer was featured.