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Happy Birthday, Fannie Lou Hamer (October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977)! 🎈She would have been 102 years-old today.

Hamer was a Black American voting & women's rights activist, community organizer & a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.

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“Hamer was the co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.”

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“Hamer also organized Mississippi's Freedom Summer along with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).”

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#OTDIH in 1832, teacher, journalist, abolitionist, lecturer, & women’s rights activist, Maria W. Stewart (1803—December 17, 1879) gave her second public lecture “Why Sit Ye Here & Die” in Franklin Hall in Boston, the meeting site of the New England Anti-Slavery Society.
📸: The cover of the book “Maria W. Stewart, America’s First Black Woman Political Writer: Essays and Speeches” (1987) edited & introduced by Marilyn Richardson.
“Born free in 1803, Stewart was the first known American woman to speak to a mixed audience of men and women, white and Black, she was also the first Black American woman to make public lectures, as well as to lecture about women's rights & make a public anti-slavery speech.”
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On #LesbianVisibilityDay, we are sharing vintage photos of Black lesbian radicals & their contributions to Black political movement building.

BLACK LESBIANS WILL NOT BE ERASED.

📸: 1972, The Black Lesbian Caucus at NY Gay Pride.

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📸: Angela Davis came out as a lesbian to Out in 1997.

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📸: 1971, Gay rights demonstration, Albany, New York, photo by Diana Davies via NYPL

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Happy 106th Birthday to Fanny Jackson Coppin! 🎈

Coppin was the second Black American woman in the country to earn a bachelor’s degree and the first Black American woman to become a school principal.

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"Born an American slave, Coppin's freedom was purchased by her aunt at age 12. Fanny Jackson spent the rest of her youth working as a servant for author George Henry Calvert, studying at every opportunity."

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"In 1860, she enrolled in Oberlin College in Ohio, the first college in the United States to accept both black & female students. During her years as a student at Oberlin, she taught an evening course for free African Americans in reading & writing."

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