New African American Center Named After Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer Planned at UC Berkeley

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The University of California, Berkeley has announced that it will build a new African American Center on campus. The center will be named after Fannie Lou Hamer, the Mississippi-born voting and civil rights activist.

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The agreement to establish the center comes after a year of talks among the administration, the Black Student Union and other campus African American groups.

The university has allocated more than $80,000 to refurbish the space for the new center in the Hearst Field Annex.

Na’ilah Nasir, vice chancellor for equity and inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, stated that “it’s a big deal for our students to know that our administration understands their needs and supports them.  It’s a financially constrained time, but it’s also a time when the administration is thinking about its priorities and values. I think the students should be encouraged that the center is something the campus will really support.”

3 thoughts on “New African American Center Named After Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer Planned at UC Berkeley”

  1. Reblogged this on My Social Issue Awareness and Action Blog and commented:
    Fannie Lou Hamer was one of the names of the Civil Rights Era that as was pointed out, people may know but whose accomplishments are not always known.

    Often the men of the Civil Rights Movement are celebrated by memorials-the most famous of course being Martin Luther King, Jr. It is good to see the women of the movement get their due.

  2. I am so glad to hear about this recognition of such a great, brave lady, Fannie Lou Hamer, but I wonder if most of these bright (You have to be bright to attend Berkley.) young people know who Ms. Hamer was and why she is so well remembered? I surely hope so.

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