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The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s

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Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964

Photo by Warren K. Leffler. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

In 1964 the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) was organized in order to create an alternative delegation of black Mississippians to attend the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Blacks in Mississippi were disfranchised and faced considerable violence if they attempted to register to vote. In order to protest these conditions the MFDP attended the Democratic Convention and demanded their place at the political table. Pictured here is Fannie Lou Hamer, an MFDP delegate, at a 22 August press conference. While the MFDP did not win its battle, the embarrassment they caused was instrumental in getting the 1965 Voting Rights Act passed.

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