- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

RULEVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Jacqueline K. Dace, project manager for the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, will speak Saturday at the 37th annual birthday program for civil rights veteran Fannie Lou Hamer.

The Memorial Garden Ceremonial Program will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Fannie Lou Hamer Multi-Purpose Center in Ruleville.

Hamer was born to sharecroppers in 1917 and later worked as one and as a timekeeper on a plantation in Sunflower County, near the Mississippi River. She died of cancer in 1977.

She drew national attention in 1964 when she and other members of the racially integrated Freedom Democratic Party challenged the seating of Mississippi’s all-white delegation to the Democratic National Convention.

She registered black voters and aided Freedom Summer workers. She was honored with a statue in Ruleville in 2012.

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