Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, sick and tired of being sick and tired

Fannie Lou Hamer, an activist during the civil rights movement who fought for African-American voting rights, will come to life in the play "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story" on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Branigin Room of the Napolitan Student Center as part of Franklin College's 2011-12 Convocation Lecture Series.

Hamer was known as the lady who was "sick and tired of being sick and tired." The play depicts a woman who defined the phrase "freedom fighter" during the civil rights movement. She was born into Mississippi sharecropping poverty, and in the 1960's, she became an inspiration to those fighting for the right to vote.

Singer and actress Mzuri plays the role of Fannie Lou Hamer.

The play is free and open to the public.

Contact the Office of Public Relations for more information at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis. The college prepares men and women for significant careers through the liberal arts, offering its approximately 1,000 students 30 majors, 35 minors and nine pre-professional programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA.

Franklin College LogoTEXT CREDIT: Franklin College ⋅ 101 Branigin Blvd. ⋅ Franklin, IN 46131 (800) 852-0232

Release date: January 19, 2012.

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