Happy birthday to Fannie Lou Hamer, civil rights activist in Mississippi, who would have turned 100 yesterday. Watching a video of her testify was one reason I wanted to come to the Delta. Check out Jemar Tisby's piece in the African American Reformed Network. And this part of the Jackson Free Press story is great:
Carl Watson, a 58-year-old Ruleville resident, was the second-youngest of 11 children and said that until he was 12 years old, his family lived on a cotton farm in two shacks — one for his mother and the girls and one for his father and the boys. In about 1972, Hamer and her husband, Perry "Pap" Hamer, helped the Watsons find a better home in Ruleville.
Carl Watson said it was the first time his family had a house with running water and indoor plumbing: "We moved to heaven."