Profiles Spike Lee was born on March 20, 1957, to bassist and composer Bill Lee and Jacqueline Lee, a schoolteacher. He completed undergraduate studies in 1982 at Morehouse College and a degree from New York University Film School. He produced, wrote, starred in, and directed more than ten movies between 1986 and 1998. These films appealed to the hip hop generation because they could connect with the conflicts depicted in the movies. These movies cover police brutality, racism, and a yearn for black empowerment. Also controversial issues like interracial love, a black woman's sexuality, sexism in the black fraternities, and deep fissures of race and class in the American society. Today I presume he is still working although the paper didn't say.
Fannie Lou Hamer was born in 1917 as the youngest of twenty children and into great poverty. She worked and lived on a plantation as a timekeeper.
She only had a few years of education. She started her road to help the Civil Rights Movement when SNCC workers came to her area working for a voting rights campaign she signed up. She was fired and evicted after she tried to register to vote in Indianapolis, Missouri. After that she worked full time for SNCC. Working on the Voter education program sparked police brutality, she and eight other women were arrested, and she was severely beaten on June 9, 1963, in Winona, Mississippi. She still continued her career in the Civil Rights Movement as a spellbinding orator. After 1965 she still continued to battle for her people. She helped the poverty conditions some with help from northern supporters. She died in 1977.
Bayard Rustin, born on March 17, 1912, in West Chester Pennsylvania. He belonged to the Young Communist League during his childhood. He later became a staff...