Fannie Lou Hamer (Oct 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) was a voting rights activist and civil rights leader whose “fervent belief in the Biblical righteousness of her cause gainer her a reputation as an electrifying speaker and constant activist and civil rights.”
Her activist career began in 1962 when, inspired by a sermon given by Rev. James Bevel, encouraging black people to vote, despite the fact that threat of harassment, loss of their jobs, physical beatings, or lynchings. As she traveled to Indianola, Miss a week later to register, Hamer began singing hymns, as a means of bolstering the resolve of the group, illustrating her belief that the struggle for civil rights was a deeply spiritual one.
Hamer died of heart failure at the age of 59. On her tombstone in Ruleville, Miss, is inscribed one of her most famous quotes: “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
(thanks again to wikipedia for the quotes)