Dr. Maegan Parker Brooks
Maegan Parker Brooks is a freelance writer, public speaking
consultant, and Visiting Assistant Professor. She received her PhD
in Communication Arts with a minor in Afro-American Studies from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now teaches courses on
race relations, African American public discourse, rhetorical
criticism and theory at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma,

Throughout her research, writing, teaching, consulting, and
community activism, Brooks is primarily interested in the power
rhetoric holds to bring about social change; she is especially
concerned with the roles gender, race, class, and sexuality play in
amplifying/silencing voices in the public sphere. Brooks’
scholarship about Ida B. Wells, James Forman, and Emmett Till
has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Women’s
Studies in Communication, and the Encyclopedia of African
American Popular Culture, among other publications.

She is currently writing a book-length rhetorical biography of Fannie
Lou Hamer and serving as a lead researcher for a full-length
documentary of Mrs. Hamer’s life, a project spearheaded by
Hamer's niece, Ms. Monica Land.

Additionally, Brooks recently co-edited, with Davis W. Houck, an
anthology entitled
"The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell
It Like It is".
This collection—the first ever volume to exclusively
showcase Mrs. Hamer’s talents as an orator—will be published as
part of the University Press of Mississippi’s Fall/Winter series with
some of the proceeds from the book sales going to the Fannie Lou
Hamer Statue and Education Fund.   To preoder this book, go to
www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1325.  You can find more
information about Brooks at
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
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.