Fannie Lou Hamer and her Most Famous Quotes

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) was a civil rights activist whose passionate depiction of her own suffering in a racist society helped focus attention on the plight of African-Americans throughout the South. Learn more at and

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."

"I am sick and tired of being sick and tired."

"Hate won't only destroy us. It will destroy these people that's hating as well."

"Sometimes it seem like to tell the truth today is to run the risk of being killed. But if I fall, I'll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom. I'm not backing off."

"When I liberate myself, I liberate others. If you don't speak out ain't nobody going to speak out for you."

"Righteousness exalts a nation. Hate just makes people miserable."

"Never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over."