An article from Memphis World about Hamer being refused a place on the ballot at the Democratic National Convention, October 31, 1964.


Miss Commission Refuses Names For Negro Candidates
JACKSON, Miss. — (NPI)
—Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, vice chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegation which sought to replace the all-while regular Mississippi delegates at the recent Democratic national convention, and two other state civil rights workers, have been refused places on the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election, by the Mississippi State Election Commission, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee has reported.

Barred from the ballot along with Mrs. Hamer of Ruleville, Miss., SNCC said, were Dr. Aaron Henry of Clarksdale, NAACP state chairman, and Mrs. Annie Devine of Canton. Dr. Henry had tried to qualify as an independent to oppose U. S. Sen. John Stennis of Mississippi, an arch-segregationist, in the regular Nov. 3 election. All three, along with two other Negroes — Mrs. Victoria Gray of Hattiesburg and Harold Roby of Canton, will run against white opponents in a mock Freedom Vote election is designed to spotlight national attention on "the gross in- equalities of the Mississippi electoral system," the SNCC said. The FDP also will campaign actively for the election of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his vice presidential running mate Sen. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota.