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The Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program is designed for young Black disabled advocates (ages 18 – 30) who are committed to the social, political, and economic issues surrounding the intersections of the Black and Disability communities.
This program was founded in 2020 by the American Association of People with Disabilities’ (AAPD) former Senior Director Keri Gray, and the inaugural class of 2020 met regularly for political educations, designed a voting advocacy campaign, and coordinated a “Black Disability Freedom Dreams” event. The 2022 Fannie Lou Hamer Program will focus on trainings and conversations to advance participants’ confidence and skills as Black disabled advocates advancing democracy. This program is closely connected with AAPD’s REV UP Voting Campaign.
The program focuses on:
- Political Educations
- Community Building
- Voter Engagement
Who is Fannie Lou Hamer?
Fannie Lou Hamer is a well-recognized civil rights activist and organizer for voting rights. Her work centered on elevating the rights of Black voters and women, particularly across the state of Mississippi. Hamer had polio as a child and later became physically disabled due to a severe beating in a Mississippi jail. In honor of her legacy and sacrifice, AAPD is proud to continue the Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program.
When is the FLH Program?
The program will run from June 13 – August 12. The program coordinator will work with participants to choose the times for weekly meetings and other activities.
How much time does the FLH Program require?
The Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program includes weekly political educations and gatherings (all virtual) as well as some additional learning and activities encouraged. We estimate 3-5 hours spent per week on this program. This program includes a stipend for each participant of $1,500.
Ready to apply?
Apply here. The application for the 2022 Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program opens April 25, 2022 and closes May 16 at 11:59pm.