Dr. Francine C. Childs
FANNIE LOU HAMER
STATUE COMMITTEE
Dr. Francine C. Childs is a Professor Emerita at African
American Studies at Ohio University. In 1977, Dr. Francine
Childs became Ohio University’s first tenured African
American professor.

Dr. Childs later served as a delegate to Jesse Jackson’s
1984 campaign for president. For the past thirty-five years,
she has served in various capacities. Among them were the
chair of curriculum (1974-1996), Director of summer programs
(1975-1978). She also served as chairperson of the
Department between 1984-1989. She has received
appointments to Human Relations Councils, Religious Boards,
Criminal Justice Committees, and Professional Associations.

Dr. Childs has conducted workshops for the Ohio Baptists
General Assembly; Hocking Valley School of the Bible, and
other Church and Professional groups. Counseling and
helping at-risk youth surmount their obstacles to success.
Professor Childs is active in recruiting, and working with area
youth groups. Due to Dr. Childs love for children, she often
serves as a motivational speaker for area Elementary, High
School and College programs. Professor Childs started Imani,
a Saturday School for African American youngsters, as a
laboratory for her (AAS 440) Black Child Class in 1991.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Statue Committee (FLHSC) is a
not-for-profit, non political organization comprised of local,
regional and national civil rights activists, scholars and
community leaders who serve as fundraising and educational
ambassadors in conjunction with the City of Ruleville, public,
private and individual initiatives to help achieve the goals of
the Fannie Lou Hamer Statue project.

The FLHSC exists solely for the purpose of  supporting
efforts to honor and pay tribute to Mrs. Hamer by
commissioning the construction of a full-length statue of the
civil and human rights leader, to be placed on permanent
display at the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden in
Ruleville, Mississippi.
National Black
United Fund
(NBUF) is our
fiscal sponsor
for the Hamer
statue project.