ATLANTIC CITY — The Women’s March has a home for its upcoming rally.
Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett announced Wednesday morning the rally will be held Jan. 19 at Boardwalk Hall after the march on the Boardwalk.
The march will be held in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer, a voting and women’s rights activist who was a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement, fighting for voting rights for African Americans nationally and mounting a run for Congress.
Her phrase “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired” — spoken at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City — was a rallying cry for the movement.
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“As we are keeping to the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer and marching on the Boardwalk to where she did this battle against Jim Crow and spoke truth to power, it would be remiss if we didn’t honor that legacy correctly by having our rally at Boardwalk Hall,” Bennett said.
On Aug. 22, 1964, Hamer testified at the DNC in opposition to the seating of an all-white Mississippi delegation. Although her efforts were defeated, her testimony was broadcast nationally. One year later, the Voting Rights Act was passed.
In a statement after Wednesday’s news conference, Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. said the city is happy to celebrate and support the march and rally.
“My administration recognizes all the work that women perform on a daily basis, not only in Atlantic City but around the world,” Gilliam said. “I am ecstatic that our iconic city is hosting the march, and I am in full support of the wonderful group of women who have worked tirelessly to put this march together.”
Staff Writer Claire Lowe contributed to this report.