By Monica Land

In an exclusive interview with theGrio, her daughter, Jacqueline Hamer describes another side of her mother, the civil rights icon.

Fannie Lou Hamer is quoted, perhaps more than any other female activist of her generation. And because of her compelling and heartfelt calls to action during the civil rights movement, she has become the subject of numerous books, plays, and documentaries. Hamer was a motivator, a humanitarian, a luminary, and yet, among the many things she accomplished, there is one area of her life that has gone scarcely untold – her role as a mother.

To the world, Hamer was this legendary, powerful voice pushing for change at a time when Black women were expected to sit down and be quiet. However, what many people didn’t know is that her innermost desires had nothing to do with politics, but everything to do with family.

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