Known for her Strong Expressive Personality Fannie was walking by a Mississippi town center. Ms. Lou saw a sign by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and decided to investigate. She joined the SYNC and worked as a field worker on the voter registration committee. Which prepared blacks to read and write so they could register to vote. While she had worked on a plantation with her family, when the owner of the plantation was told of the drive to vote. He threatened her and her family expulsion from the plantation. She left that night and stayed with friends. That night her and her friends where shot at by the KKK. She was beaten under the instructions of the police by inmates after attending the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, NJ. As a result of that beating she suffered permanant Kidney Damage, a blood clot in the artery of her left eye, and a limp when she walked. She still managed to run for congress in the Mississippi state democratic primary in 1964. While unsuccessful, she went on to appear at rallies, visit colleges and universities around the country, to speak with students. She lead the cotton pickers resistance movement in 1965 and was a Democratic National Committee Representative from 1968-1971. She was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1972. She received multiple honorary PhD's From universities including Howard University.