Celebrating MLK: Charles McLaurin & Tracy Sugarman  

Charles McLaurin told stories about his relationship with Fannie Lou Hamer. He said he had been directed to go to Mrs. Hamer's home on a plantation and drive her to Jackson, Mississippi to get qualified to run for U.S. Congress — but he first had to convince her that an African American woman should even try. McLaurin was shocked when Mrs. Hamer responded, "Wait just a minute, I'll be right with you." The two made their way to Jackson, where — despite mountains of paperwork and $500 in fees — they got her registered to run for Congress. McLaurin was tabbed on the spot to be her campaign manager.

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