Lincoln Financial Foundation funds non-profit’s touring production about famous Civil Rights leader, Fannie Lou Hamer

Touring Theatre of North Carolina is pleased to announce a $7,500 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation which will provide another year of performances of the Life and Times of Fannie Lou Hamer in the Guilford County Schools. This year of grant funding marks the seventh year that Lincoln Financial has supported the educational touring component of the company. Because of this generous gift Lincoln Financial has enabled the company to perform for almost 20,000 students in Guilford County.

“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” These famous words uttered by Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer, explains her persistence in her efforts to become what she called, “a first-class citizen”. Thus, when the Freedom Riders came to Sunflower County, Mississippi Fannie Lou Hamer was among the first black persons to attempt to register to vote. She was one of two allowed to take the literary test which she failed. Upon her return home, she was fired from her job on the plantation. Shots fired into the house where she was thought to be staying. Things grew more difficult as local sheriffs and their deputies beat her and threatened to kill her. But she was steadfast in her determination. “Killing or no killing, I am staying with civil rights”. Today she is recognized as one of the most important leaders in the civil rights movement. The Life and Times of Fannie Lou Hamer is her story.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation

Lincoln Financial Foundation awards grants to more than 300 nonprofits each year that empower and improve the lives of many. Contributing to strong, vital communities is not only intrinsic to our values, it’s our responsibility.

About Touring Theatre of North Carolina

Touring Theatre of North Carolina is a not for profit, active producing professional theatre that celebrates the on-going human search for dignity across lines of ethnicity, gender, economic status, religion and age.

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