ATLANTA, GEORGIA – chromatic black™a collective of over 10,000 artists and activists dedicated to building cultural power and advancing justice for black communities, alongside National Coalition on Black Civic Participation NAACP NextGen, Southern black girls and womenand black girls ride bikesannounced the launch of I am Fannie Lou Hamera nationwide GOTV campaign dedicated to honoring the courage, determination and courage of Mississippi-born civil rights activist and freedom worker Fannie Lou Hamer, one week before Election Day on Nov. 8.
Inspired by Chromatic Black’s 2022 Bronze Lens-winning live-action short, “FANNIE,” directed by award-winning filmmaker, Chirstine Swanson starring Academy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis, I Am Fannie is a celebration of life and of Hamer’s legacy with a clear call to action – VOTE. The campaign includes voting events to register voters and mobilize high turnout while promoting key issues such as voting rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, health and well-being of the black community. . It starts with a FREE, virtual screening of “FANNIE” with a talkback artist on Sunday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
“Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer serves as a Northstar to all of us who work for freedom,” said Abeni Bloodworth and Angela Harmon, co-founders of chromatic black™. “We are thrilled to launch I Am Fannie Lou Hamer alongside our partners National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, NAACP next generation, Southern black girls and womenand black girls ride bikes to honor Fannie’s legacy by continuing to advance participatory democracy. Let’s channel Fannie’s determination and courage in the midterm elections and vote for smart, humane politics.
The campaign includes a poignant tribute video featuring clips from the film and a message from Fannie’s daughter, Mississippi activist Jacqueline Hamer Flakes. In it she remarked, “Mom used to say, things aren’t going to fall on you, you have to work for it. And that’s one thing she did; she worked very hard and no matter what she went through… The beatings didn’t stop her. The doctor who unknowingly gave her the hysterectomy…didn’t stop her. The tear gas canisters thrown at our house did not stop her. 16 bullets didn’t stop her. In the spirit of this powerful reminder of what Fannie and the ancestors went through, chromatic black and its partners encourage all communities of color to not stop and get to the polls.
chromatic black™ produced the short film “FANNIE” through its Ida B. Wells Fund, a flagship initiative supporting artist-activists who disrupt the mainstream narrative through groundbreaking and authentic storytelling. The organization is currently accepting applications for the 2022 Fund. Filmmakers can submit applications until Friday, October 28, visual artists can submit applications until November 3, and creative placemakers can submit applications until December 1. Candidates can submit to idabwellsfund.com.
For more information on I am Fannie Lou Hamer programs, or to request individual interviews, please contact [email protected] For voter information, including how to find a polling place near you, visit chromaticblack.org/IAMFannieLouHamer.
About chromatic black™
chromatic black™ a black women-led artist-activist collective and producer of the award-winning short film FANNIE, starring Oscar-nominated actress Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard) in the lead role. chromatic black™ is powered by a collective of 10,000 artist-activists across a range of creative disciplines. chromatic black works across film, television, live and digital entertainment. By amplifying futuristic perspectives on intergenerational healing and wellness, Chromatic Black™ seeks to introduce counter-narratives to the conventional perspectives that normally dominate common audiences.
About NAACP NEXTGEN Leadership
The NEXTGEN Leadership Program provides comprehensive leadership and advocacy training for young adults on a mission to become the next generation of civil rights leaders. Participants network with their peers, gain strong leadership skills and deepen their understanding of issues affecting the black community. Successful graduates become boots on the ground in their communities and local NAACP branches, supporting the fight for equality for all.
About the Black Girls and Women of the South Consortium
The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium is a network of hundreds of women-led organizations and black women leaders in 13 states that are taking the lead in addressing the needs of black girls through funding or other forms of support . Southern Black Girls is an activist collective, powered by four dynamic black women-led funders, working to advance and invest in the movement of black girls and women across Alabama, Arkansas, Florida , Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (east), Virginia and West Virginia.
About the National Coalition on the Center for Black Civic Participation
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 civic engagement organization that strives to cultivate capacity building of the institutional base and models of intergenerational leadership at the local, state and national levels. . The NCBCP is committed to nurturing a climate where new ideas, innovative and traditional empowerment strategies are respected and freely expressed; and partnerships and strategic alliances are welcome. By educating, motivating, organizing and mobilizing our communities, the NCBCP seeks to encourage full participation in a barrier-free democratic process. Through technology, educational programs and civic leadership training, the Coalition works to expand, strengthen and empower Black communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition.
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