Fannie Lou Hamer

The Voice That Would Not Be Silenced

March 14, 2020 at 2pm

The 19th Amendment, ratified nearly 100 years ago on August 18, 1920, guaranteed mainly white women the right to vote, while millions of other women – particularly black women in the Jim Crow South – remained shut out of the polls for decades.  Then along came a Mississippi sharecropper named Fannie Lou Hamer.  With very little in terms of education or opportunity, she took up the fight to secure voting rights and first class citizenship for black people in the Deep South, epitomizing the persistent struggles and victories of the Civil Rights Movement.

On March 14, 2020, the 43rd Anniversary of her death, we will breathe life into the under told story of Fannie Lou Hamer, with a living history portrayal by actor Lenny Daniels. Ms. Daniels has enjoyed performing for over 40 years in the craft of acting.  She especially loves the writings about historical black women who stood up and spoke their truth.  She underlines their thoughts through her portrayals of these amazing  women, sharing their stories with others who need to hear them.


Program recommended for guests 12 and older. Tickets are $25; Friends of Wyck pay $20; Students under 25 with school ID $10. For any questions about the program, or to purchase tickets over the phone, please contact Tess Frydman, Director of Interpretation and Public Outreach, at 215.848.1690 or at tfrydman@wyck.org.

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Vision 2020 is a national women’s equality initiative headquartered at Drexel University’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership. In the year 2020, Vision 2020 will lead Women 100: A Celebration of American Women to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: women’s right to vote. Throughout the year, Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy, will be home to Vision 2020’s Women 100 programs and events, complemented by the work of Proud Partners — organizations committed to gender equality that have created their own programming in support of Women 100. Vision 2020 applauds Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm, one of its Women 100 Proud Partners, on the organization’s commitment to advancing women’s equality and looks forward to its 2020 program. For more information or to get involved in Vision 2020’s Women 100, visit drexel.edu/vision2020.