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Fannie Lou Hamer: Performance live stream and Q&A
This summer, Maryland Humanities raises the voices of four notable women who took action to secure their right to vote. We highlight the unique story of each of these historic figures as they fought for their rights. This year’s series starts in the 1600s and continues through the modern era.

Join us on July 29th as Arthuretta Martin portrays Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977). Considered one of the most powerful voices of the civil and voting rights movement in the South, Hamer was outraged by efforts to deny Black votes, became a SNCC organizer and co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Party to increase Black participation in the Democratic Party.

1pm: stream of the performance
2pm: live Q&A with Arthuretta Martin and the Maryland Humanities staff

Visit www.MDChautauqua.org for full biographies and further reading.

Jul 29, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Arthuretta Holmes Martin
@Words and Melodies, LLC
Arthuretta Martin is a lifelong storyteller, accomplished speaker, civil rights advocate Distinguished Toastmaster and teaching artist. Her repertoire includes Aesop’s Fables, Anansi, and Brier Rabbit Tales, as well as historical narratives of women in history including Fannie Lou Hamer, Odetta Holmes, Frances Walker Harper, Marian Anderson, and Siseretta Jones. She has performed in diverse venues from the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts to Johannesburg, South Africa, Cape Coast Ghana and Dakar, Senegal. She is a vocalist in the Howard University Rankin Chapel Choir, the Washington Revel’s Jubilee Voices based in Washington, DC, Voices from the Earth Inc.., National Association of Black Storytellers, National Storytelling Alliance, and the National Speakers Association. She holds a BA from James Madison University, an MA from Florida Institute of Technology and continued post-graduate work at George Mason University.