>>Improving life for African
Americans in Mississippi-that was the purpose of the Freedom
Summer project in 1964.>>In Atlantic City, the
Freedom Democrats hoped to be seated at the national
convention nominating the Democratic presidential
candidate. Their first step was to present
their case to the credentials committee.
Fannie Lou Hamer testified on their behalf.
The national broadcasting networks carried her words.
>>Fannie Lou Hamer: And if the Freedom Democratic Party is not
seated now, I question America. Is this America, the land of
the free and the home of the brave, where we have to sleep
with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be
threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human
beings, in America?