This work is part of Dr. Charles Smith's Women of Destiny series. It is a tribute to activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who is most known for her tearful testimony at the Democratic National Convention in the summer of 1964. Hamer recounted her false arrest and brutal beating in a Montgomery County, Mississippi jail that occurred after she had tried to register to vote. During the Credentials Committee's televised proceeding she uttered, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired," words that became synonymous with the modern Civil Rights Movement.
The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.