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“Fannie Lou Hammer”

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Iron Roots Athlete Memorial WOD

727 50
  • AMRAP in 15 minutes
  • Every 3 minutes, AMRAP of:
  • 10 Hang Cleans (95/65 lb)
  • 6 Thrusters (95/65 lb)
  • 16 Lateral Bar Hops
  • Rest 3 minutes

On 15-minute clock, perform 3 rounds and 3-minute AMRAPs with 3-minute rest in between. Each AMRAP, athlete must complete as many repetitions of 10 Hang Cleans, 6 Thrusters, and 16 Lateral Bar Hops.

Score is the total number of repetitions completed before the 15-minute clock stops.

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Background: This memorial workout is dedicated to Fannie Lou Hammer was an American voting and women’s rights activist, community organizer, and a leader in the civil rights movement.

From Wikipedia, born on October 6, 1917, Fannie was the co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Hamer also organized Mississippi’s Freedom Summer along with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She was also a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, an organization created to recruit, train, and support women of all races who wish to seek election to government office.

Hamer began civil rights activism in 1962, continuing until her health declined nine years later. She was known for her use of spiritual hymnals and quotes and her resilience in leading the civil rights movement for black women in Mississippi. She was extorted, threatened, harassed, shot at, and assaulted by racists and police while trying to register for and exercise her right to vote. She later helped and encouraged thousands of African-Americans in Mississippi to become registered voters and helped hundreds of disenfranchised people in her area through her work in programs like the Freedom Farm Cooperative. She unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1964 and the Mississippi State Senate in 1971. In 1970 she led legal action against the government of Sunflower County, Mississippi for continued illegal segregation.

Hamer died on March 14, 1977, aged 59, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi.

This workout was designed by Iron Roots Athlete @iron.roots.athelete as part of their initiative to continue fostering conversations on the progress of supporting people of color in the fitness community. It was one of the initial memorial WODs for their ‘Walk With Us: A Program Series With a Purpose.’

The rep scheme signifies:
– 10-6 reps for Fannie’s birthday on October 6
– 3 for the number of times she took the literacy test back in her hometown until she finally passed
– 16 reps for the number of shots fired in a drive-by shooting by racists targeting the Hamer family. No one was injured and they evacuated the next day.

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