Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights leader instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s. Black Southerners registering to vote faced serious threats including harassment, loss of jobs, beatings, and lynchings; nonetheless, Hamer was one of the first to volunteer in Ruleville, Mississippi. Later she admitted, “.. what was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do was kill me, and it kinda seemed like they’d been trying to do that a little bit at a time since I could remember.” She became Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and spoke at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Through her work in the civil rights movement, she gained a reputation as an electrifying speaker and powerful freedom fighter.