Voting Rights Act of 1965

Events mark centennial of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer

Mississippi-born civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer is being commemorated Friday on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Community gatherings are being held in her hometown of Ruleville, where a larger-than-life statue of her was dedicated in a memorial garden several years ago. The small Sunflower County city is about 110 miles (180 km) north of Jackson.

Hamer — who was 59 when she died of cancer in 1977 — was famous for saying she was "sick and tired of being sick and tired" of the abuse that African-Americans suffered in the segregated South.

She was fired from the plantation where she worked as a sharecropper in 1962 because she and a few other...