Runtime: 27 minutes

Producers: Taiwo Gaynor, John Gibson and Edie Greene


Fannie Lou Hamer ("I am sick and tired of being sick and tired."), one of Mississippi’s most iconic civil rights leaders, would have turned 100 years old in 2017. To commemorate her legacy and the centennial of her life, Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) produced Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up. ​The film chronicles Hamer’s life from the time she attempted to register to vote in Indianola, Mississippi in 1962 while working as a sharecropper in Ruleville, Mississippi. “It’s a story of her life told by people who knew her,” said Taiwo Gaynor, one of two MPB producers of the film. In addition to Gaynor, the film's producers are John Gibson, MPB Director of Television, and Edie Greene. Actress Aunjanue Ellis, who grew up in Mississippi, narrates the documentary.