The only way to make peace is through self sacrifice. Choose any country on any continent during any period of time, and you’ll see this divisive weapon used by demonic forces against humanity to cause separation between people created in the image of God.. Jesus said, “There was a Jewish man…”. We have changed. Our desire is be a church that reflects the beauty and diversity of the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. Those are surely two things we must continually practice. 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js'); 10. And that’s when Fannie Lou Hamer started to sing. For her, it all started just 2 years before, in 1962 when she was invited by her friend, Mary Tucker, to a meeting in a church in Ruleville, MS where she learned that black people had the right to vote. She would go on to face much more suffering. In an act of protest, several members of the group sat at the bus station’s whites-only lunch counter. I think she understood what it meant to work for peace. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) And while we may not always do this perfectly, we want to be that kind of church. On June 9, 1963, Hamer and several fellow activists were returning from a citizenship training program in Charleston, South Carolina, when their bus stopped in Winona, Mississippi. This Little Light of Mine. It may happen other places, but not here. In the following months, Hamer increased her public profile, both through her SNCC work and as one of the founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), which challenged the dominant force in Mississippi politics, the pro-segregation Democratic Party. Our desire is be a place that values every person as a person of immeasurable worth, created in the image of God for the glory of God. The work of MFDP was one part of the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project, or Freedom Summer, which brought hundreds of college students to the state to work for Civil Rights. They got back on the bus to return home. She refused, with an explanation that would become a familiar refrain in her Civil Rights speeches: “I didn’t go down there to register for you. Amazing Grace 1:27 (John Newton) fannie lou hamer This recording is part of the African American Legacy As disciples of Jesus we always want to be listening, humbling ourselves and lowering ourselves. Are you willing to sacrifice your opinions, your fears, your rights, your position, your power, your status, your reputation, whatever you have to sacrifice to put an end to division and separation and bring people together at the foot of the cross? On June 21, 1964, three young men disappeared near the town of Philadelphia, Mississippi. ), This old man was very wise, and he could answer questions that was almost impossible for people to answer. It makes things the way things ought to be. Add lyrics. It’s one of Satan’s oldest tricks. But at some point, we must have the courage to act. Although she managed to complete several years of school, by adolescence she was picking hundreds of pounds of cotton a day. On August 31, 1962, not long after attending a voting rights meeting organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Hamer joined 17 of her neighbors on a bus to Indianola, the county seat. Through 1962 and 1963, Hamer continued to work for desegregation and voter registration. We have lyrics for 'This Little Light of Mine' by these artists: We have lyrics for these tracks by Fannie Lou Hamer: The lyrics can frequently be found in the, The Seekers With Bobby Richards And His Orchestra. if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; While the passengers were held on the bus, the deeply religious Hamer began to sing spirituals. Becoming indifferent to this conversation or apathetic because it doesn’t seem to affect us is the exact opposite of loving our neighbor. by Robert Zellner (BMI) / Figs. t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e); Hamer had spent her entire life in poverty, and she understood that the fight for economic security was a crucial component of the Civil Rights movement. Jesus could have told the story without mentioning race. It took several days -- and the arrest and beating of Lawrence Guyot, another SNCC worker -- before they were finally released on June 12. And this is important for us to understand theologically… this is how Jesus has brought us peace, this is how he accomplished a way for peace, a way for Shalom, a way for things to be the way they are supposed to be, he did that through his sacrifice on the cross. In jail, several of the activists were beaten by the police and by other African American inmates, whom the police forced to use blackjack weapons. (They later adopted their two grandchildren after the older daughter’s death.) Her appearances were good for fundraising, always a concern for civil rights organizations, and she spent the remainder of the 1960s balancing national activism with her work within Mississippi. First is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. 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I’ve been in ministry since 1999. “Mrs. Peace, much like love, only happens when we through faith, courage, and love, do hard things for the benefit of others. The woman herself couldn’t believe it when Jesus initiated a conversation. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where we have to sleep with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily because we want to live as decent human beings, in America?”. In fact, just one look at the cross reminds us that sacrificial love is the only way to make peace. The family’s main source of income was Hamer’s $10 weekly stipend from SNCC. Will we be a church unwilling to make a difference for the sake of our own comfort or will we participate in what matters most for the least of these?. Tracy Sugarman, who spent the summer in Mississippi as both a volunteer and a journalist, accompanied Hamer as she visited Delta churches to encourage parishioners to register to vote. So she went, along with 17 others, that Friday, August 31, 1962 to register to vote in Indianola, MS. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…. As we find our way through a year in which we’re facing a pandemic, political tension, and stories of racial injustice, we have to ask ourselves the question: What does it mean for us to be peacemakers? 196-197). And we’re going to ask him, ‘This that we hold in our hands today, is it alive or is it dead?’ If he says ‘Dead,’ we’re going to turn it loose and let it fly.