Sadly, voter suppression has a long history in our country. The October 18th service, “Fannie Lou Hamer and the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party,” will examine a key event in gaining the vote for all Americans. Fannie Lou Hamer, an unsung Civil Rights hero, gave a personal and impassioned speech as to why she should have the right to vote to the Credentials Committee of the Democratic Party at the 1964 convention in Atlantic City. President Johnson, concerned that the speech would alienate the “traditional” Southern vote, called the network to cut the speech off. Ms. Hamer’s voice asking for freedom and justice rings down the years with a full measure of truth.