Fannie Lou Hamer (October 6, 1917 - March 14, 1977) was a 44-year-old sharecropper when she began registering voters throughout the South after SNCC organizer James Bevel spoke to residents of Ruleville, Mississippi asking for volunteers. She and her husband were fired the next day, and she was later jailed and severely beaten. She became a mother figure to the younger SNCC members, often singing hymns on their journeys and at meetings. She was one of the founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and was one of the members who addressed the credentials committee of the Democratic National Convention in an attempt to be seated at the 1964 convention in Atlantic City. Network coverage of her testimony was interrupted by a suddenly-called press conference by President Johnson, although it aired later on many stations. The MFDP was offered a compromise of being allowed two non-voting delegates, which they rejected. By the next presidential election in 1968 the Democratic Party had ruled that all state delegations be integrated, and Hamer herself was a delegate in 1972.
On October 6, 1971, the first legal interracial marriage in North Carolina took place. John A. Wilkinson's marriage to Lorraine Mary Turner was officially recognized by that state. North Carolina was one of over 15 states in 1967 whose laws were eventually changed to accept legal interracial marriage.
|On October 6, 1968 homers by Lou Brock and Bob Gibson led the Cardinals to a 10-1 victory over Detroit in|
the fourth game of the World Series. They are seen here on Opening Day 2013 with Jon Jay.
|Jimi Hendrix driving a dune buggy with an unidentified woman, October 6, 1968 via Twitter @HistoryInPics|
|October 6, 1993 Dr. Mae Carol Jemison, the first African American woman to travel|
in space, was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
|112 Yr Old Mississippi Woman Waits for Word on Emmett Till Murder Trial - Jet Magazine, October 6, 1955|
|The Strange Trial of the Emmett Till Kidnapers - Jet Magazine, October 6, 1955|
|15,000 New Yorkers Want Emmett Till Protest March in Mississippi - Jet Magazine, October 6, 1955|
|Mrs. Ruby Hurley, The Most Militant Negro Woman in the South - Jet Magazine, October 6, 1955|
|21 Airforce Whites Leave Alabama Airport Cafe After Black Pilot Was Refused Service - Jet Magazine, October 6, 1955|
|Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism by Derrick Bell. $9.99.|
Publisher: Basic Books (October 6, 1993). 244 pages.
|Free At Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle by Sara Bullard. $13.54. Author: Sara Bullard. Publication: October 6, 1994. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Reprint edition (October 6, 1994)|