September 13, 2017
Contact: GirlTrek

Fannie Lou Hamer's 100th



Largest Centennial Celebration Underway for Fannie Lou Hamer


October 6 would have been Civil Rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer’s 100th birthday and GirlTrek, the largest national public health nonprofit and movement for Black women and girls, is celebrating her legacy by hosting 100 local walks.

“In the iconic words of Fannie Lou Hamer, we are sick and tired of being sick and tired. She died too soon putting her body on the line for our freedom and we want to celebrate her life in a big way. In her honor, we are going to raise an army of sisters, #FanniesArmy, who will lead 100 walks across America," said GirlTrek cofounder T. Morgan Dixon.

GirlTrek invites women everywhere to use this centennial to jumpstart their own health journeys! The organization is looking for the new generation of Fannie Lou Hamers.

To participate in #FanniesArmy, drop everything and walk for 100 minutes at sunset on October 6th wherever you are with your family and friends. GirlTrek's goal is to inspire 100 new leaders that day. To be counted, register your walk at

The first 100 leaders to sign up will receive special edition #FanniesArmy T-shirts.

“While the country reels from conflict in Charlottesville, this is an opportunity to herald the legacy of an American hero who brought us together!” says Dixon.

She and GirlTrek's cofounder Vanessa Garrison, national staff and board of directors will travel to Hamer's memorial statue in her hometown in Ruleville, Mississippi to walk with local trekkers on the centennial celebration of her birth.

Fannie's Legacy

Known for her courage on the frontlines of the American Civil Rights Movement, Fannie Lou Hamer stunned the world with her electrifying account of brutal attacks and local terror in Jim Crow South. She stood strong, demanding the attention of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson by leading an unparalleled grassroots campaign and political party in Mississippi that delivered over 60,000 votes. Fannie Lou Hamer is directly responsible for securing the Voting Rights Act and changing the tide of justice.

The scale of her impact is made greater by her life story. Fannie Lou Hamer worked as a sharecropper from age 6. As a young woman, in an extralegal, violent act, she was given a forced hysterectomy. Unbroken, she adopted children. At 44 years old, Fannie Lou Hamer joined the American Civil Rights Movement. From church basements to the White House, Hamer was celebrated for her ability to inspire everyday people to action.

Dixon says, "She died too early at 59, her body riddled with heart disease and cancer.  I'm reminded of the words of R. Boylorn, [Hamer] "never saw death coming because she was too busy taking care of others." She worked tirelessly in field offices and late hours registering people to vote. When pain rendered her homebound, she taught Freedom Riders the ways of resistance in her night gown from her front porch.”

GirlTrek is committed to honoring her legacy by preventing chronic, stress-related diseases for a new generation! GirlTrek will honor 100 years of Fannie Lou Hamer's legacy with 100 groups of Black women walking, talking and initiating change together.

There is a health crisis in America and Black women and girls are among the hardest hit. The effects of chronic stress are wearing on Black women mentally, physically and spiritually. Black women die younger and at higher rates than any other group of women in the country: 82% of Black women are currently overweight, 53% are morbidly obese (CDC, 2014), and 95% of Black girls, ages 6-11, will be overweight or obese women by 2034 unless diet and levels of activity change. (Garko, Michael, The Journal of Obesity, 2013).

To put your first walk on GirlTrek's national map, contact Carla Harris, Director of Organizing at

About GirlTrek

GirlTrek encourages women to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living, families, and communities. In four years, GirlTrek has mobilized more than 100,000 Black women and girls nationwide. By 2020, GirlTrek’s goal is to motivate 1 million Black women and girls to walk for better health. Cofounders, Vanessa Garrison and T. Morgan Dixon, recently took the GirlTrek story to the global stage at TED 2017: Walking as a revolutionary act of self-care. Visit for more information.


Media Contact:

Jewel Bush

National Director of Communication

(202) 681-3033


Volunteer Support:

Carla Harris

National Director of Organizing

(855) GRL-TREK

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  • commented 2017-10-10 19:32:25 -0700
    After our Sacred Woman Walk for Fannie we walked the Labyrinth – spiritual and truly amazing. Rocking in Richmond 100 minutes plus!
  • commented 2017-10-07 19:26:44 -0700
    Trekkers honoring Ms. Hamer had an awesome 100 minute walk.
  • commented 2017-10-07 08:10:34 -0700
    Philly Sistahs showed up and showed out for #FanniesArmy Sunset 100 Minutes Trek. Three groups merged into one to honor and celebrate the life, legacy, activism, love, power and strength of Mama Fannie. It was a beautiful evening and we called Mama Fannie’s name in celebration of her amazing life.
  • commented 2017-10-06 21:34:13 -0700
    The Anaheim Hills, California was amazing. This group of beautiful, energetic and friendly ladies celebrated Fannie Lou Hamer’s 100th birthday with 100 minutes of healthy sisterhood. It was fantastic!
  • commented 2017-10-06 17:44:50 -0700
    The weather was perfect!
  • commented 2017-10-06 15:59:37 -0700
    Ooo. I hope this chill doesn’t keep the ladies at home!
  • commented 2017-10-06 08:57:50 -0700
    Walked the morning in honor of Fannie
  • commented 2017-10-05 10:27:52 -0700
    Thank you for your RSVP for
    Girltrek Walk in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer’s 100th birthday in Anaheim Hills CA. I look forward to meeting and walking with you for this special occasion. If you have a girltrek shirt or other girltrek item, please wear it for this event. If you don’t have any how about a blue top of any kind. Or just like the Bible says Come as you are. Because where there are 2 or 3, gather in the name of the Lord and it shall be called ….. please meet me on October 6th in the covered gazebo next to the play area. I plan to arrive around 6:15pm SUNSET ❤️ Feel free to email me at


  • commented 2017-10-04 08:12:00 -0700
    Greetings Philly #FanniesArmy Sunset Trekkers, I am looking forward to meeting with you on Friday – October 6, 2017 at Cosmic Cafe – East River/Kelly Drive, Philadelphia, PA @ 6:20 pm for the 100 minute sunset trek starting promptly at 6:30pm. Looking forward to seeing you all – in HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE OF MAMA FANNIE LOU HAMER!!!

    Peace, Love & Power – Ife
  • commented 2017-10-02 08:09:17 -0700
    @ Sistah Otey. May your event(s) in Colorado be blessed with success. We shall remember, pray, affirm & sing the songs Sistah Hamer sang! This is divine work and as always we start with ourselves!

    Peace & Blessings~
  • commented 2017-10-02 06:27:23 -0700
    #FanniesArmy will be trekking in Aurora, CO! Represent your city and state!
  • commented 2017-10-02 06:26:34 -0700
    I am excited for Friday! I will be leading a trek in Aurora, CO at 5:00pm as we also mediate on day 6 of 9 of the National #PrayerTrek! That day will be Goodness!

    There are also other treks in Colorado! Just check the national website and find the one most convenient for you as we celebrate our ancestor with this sunset trek!
  • commented 2017-10-02 06:21:12 -0700
    Join us in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We will meet at the Fountain in Bicentennial Park at 6:00 p.m. sharp. We’ll walk the scenic Scioto Mile, stopping on the steps of the statehouse, before continung our 100-minute trek…enjoying the sunset & beautiful Scioto River along the way.

    Locate our walk on the GirlTrek website and click “Join the Trek”. There are 4 other walks honoring Fannie Lou Hamer in the Columbus area if you can’t make ours.

  • commented 2017-10-01 17:30:50 -0700
    An army of one is better than no army at all! I’ll be walking in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer’s 100th Birthday!
  • commented 2017-09-27 14:04:10 -0700
    Yes, I’ll walk for Fannie Lou Hamer
  • commented 2017-09-27 14:01:18 -0700
    I will be in Ruleville with my sisters!!
  • commented 2017-09-26 06:13:15 -0700
    Yes, I’ll walk it out!
  • commented 2017-09-24 17:18:57 -0700
    I found it I was looking in the wrong place. Thanks
  • commented 2017-09-24 17:18:07 -0700
    I found it I was looking in the wrong place. Thanks
  • commented 2017-09-24 17:17:27 -0700
    Carla Harris assisted me! Her email is above., or here it is:
  • commented 2017-09-24 17:13:04 -0700
    I have tried loading my October 6 walk also but I do not think it was saved not sure what I should do next.
  • commented 2017-09-22 10:09:53 -0700
  • commented 2017-09-20 04:16:05 -0700
    Sacred Women Walkers Walk with Fannie Lou Hamer in Richmond Virginia. We Walk it Out!
  • commented 2017-09-19 21:22:00 -0700
    Just ordered my shirt! Walk was posted last week! The #A1WalkingWarriors will be in the house! Whoop! Whoop!
  • commented 2017-09-18 03:47:00 -0700
    Thanks Angela!!! I’m posted up! Carla contacted me, and set me straight!
  • commented 2017-09-18 00:14:16 -0700
    I tried to post my Trek twice last week and its not taking it. I didn’t receive a confirmation either. I emailed Carla and she emailed me back saying I needed to send the link from this site.
  • commented 2017-09-15 06:08:03 -0700
    HI Zena,

    I just checked and don’t see your “HAMER-time” (cute name) walk listed. It seem as though it didn’t save. Please try submitting the walk again.

  • commented 2017-09-14 19:14:43 -0700
    I tried to post my " HAMER-time" walk for October 6, but something went wrong. I thought it was saved… but I don’t see where? Seeking help 😁