Chicago native rapper Common is currently working on a featured biopic film dedicated to the life and impactful legacy of civil rights and voting activist historian Fannie Lou Hammer!
”God’s Long Summer” will share the story of Fannie’s early life escaping from an oppressive plantation within the sharecropping system located in Mississippi during the 60s, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
“She fought against the Southern political establishment, systemic racism and misogyny by exercising her right to vote and fighting for the rights of others,” reads the films synopsis.
“Labeled as plain spoken and unfit to lead the movement, Hamer captivated the nation with her powerful voice, sheer will, and faith in her fight against leaders at the highest levels of state and federal government and within the Civil Rights Movement itself to help secure passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”
Sources have confirmed that the original screen play was written by Peter J. Meli based on Fannie’s 1967 autobiography To Praise Our Bridges and the book God’s Long Summer written by Charles Marsh.
“Fannie Lou Hamer is a revolutionary figure we should all know,” states Common.
”Her story and impact is evidence that Black History IS American History. We have all benefited from her work and dedication. I feel blessed to be working with this incredible group of producers to bring this story to the screen.”