Alfre Woodard has made a career out of playing an eclectic group of women. Her latest project may provide her the opportunity to introduce audiences to one of history’s great unsung civil rights heroes.
Woodard revealed that she’s currently working on bringing the life of activist Fannie Lou Hamer to the small screen in what she says will be a 4-hour film – likely broken up into 2 parts. Hamer was a voting rights activist and civil rights leader, instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
She was known for her electrifying oratory presence, and relentless pursuit of civil rights for all.
Woodard didn’t indicate if she’ll be playing Hamer in the 4-hour film, but chances are is she likely will be, although obviously in her later life. Hamer died on March 14, 1977 at age 59.
We can’t wait for the story of this forgotten pioneer that had a huge role in the civil rights movement. Great idea, Ms. Woodard!!!