Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program

Through AAPD’s REV UP Campaign, we are proud to announce our new initiative, the Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program. This program is designed for young (ages 18 – 30) Black disabled advocates who are committed to boosting voter registration and civic engagement across Black communities leading up to the 2020 elections. Participants will receive a $1,500 stipend and have the opportunity to create a national nonpartisan campaign that promotes voter registration and participation.

Fannie Lou Hamer is a well-recognized civil rights activist and organizer for voting rights. Her work centered on elevating the rights of Black voters and women, particularly across the state of Mississippi. Hamer had polio as a child and later became physically disabled due to a severe beating in a Mississippi jail. In honor of her legacy and sacrifice, AAPD is proud to launch the Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program. There are three phases to the program:

  • Political Educations (May and June)- Participants will participate in 3 trainings with experts across the civil rights community to learn about key political issues and gain guidance on building a voting campaign. All trainings/discussions will take place via phone/video conference. Accommodations are provided upon request.
  • Campaign Preparation (July and August)- Participants will work creatively as a cohort to build nonpartisan material (ie- flyers, blogs, think pieces, social media content, videos) that can be used online to educate communities on the issues for 2020 and promote voter participation. Participants will receive guidance, mentorship, and support from the AAPD network and civil rights advocates.
  • Campaign Execution (September through November)- Leading up to the November 2020 elections, participants will launch their campaign across online and social media platforms. Participants will also attend and participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference to learn further about voter engagement and to promote their recently launched campaign. AAPD will cover expense for participants to attend.

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