Maegan Brooks’ documentary team receives MHC grant

Contact: Maegan Parker Brooks

The $7,500 grant will assist in the pre-production of “Fannie Lou Hamer's America.”

A new documentary that will allow civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer to tell her own story in her own words has received a grant from The Mississippi Humanities Council. The $7,500 grant, a part of the humanities-based Racial Equity Grant program, will assist in the preproduction of “Fannie Lou Hamer’s America,” a documentary developed by Hamer’s niece, Monica Land, and produced by award-winning filmmaker Keith Beauchamp.

Willamette’s Maegan Parker Brooks, assistant professor of civic communication and media, and Davis W. Houck of Florida State University are the film's lead researchers and curriculum developers.

“This was the shortest discussion the grant review committee had that day,” said Dr. Stuart Rockoff, executive director of the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC). “After we showed them the one-minute teaser for the film, they voted immediately to fully fund the grant request. We are all very excited about the project.”

Fannie Lou Hamer’s America explores the Sunflower County sharecropper-turned-internationally renowned civil rights activist’s efforts to “build a better Mississippi,” not only through her work with equal voting rights within the state, but also through her humanitarian efforts combating poverty throughout the delta.

See the film teaser and full press release links below.

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