Hattie Kelly Receives the Fannie Lou Hamer Award

Hattie Kelly Receives the Fannie Lou Hamer Award

By Valder Beebe

 

 

 

Hattie Kelly, publisher of Power Pages News, the newspaper that gives GOD the Glory, and current President of the Texas Publishers Association, is the recipient of the Fannie Lou Hamer Award for the Dallas area.Hamer was a catalyst in the development of various programs to aid the poor in her community, including the Delta Ministry, an extensive community development program, and the Freedom Farms Corporation in 1969, a non-profit operation designed to help needy families raise food and livestock, provide social services, encourage minority business opportunities, and offer educational assistance.  And from 1974 to 1977 she was a member of the board of trustees of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Hamer is credited with this quote, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”{{more}}Hattie Kelly, much like Fannie Lou Hamer, has had a life that defies much of what should have been accomplished by one woman from the south. Minister Hattie Kelly was born and raised in Josephine, Texas. She is the daughter of Isaiah and Luverter Clark and the thirteenth child of fifteen siblings. At the tender age of fifteen she was married, and by the time she was twenty years old she was the mother of five children. At the age of six, she began picking cotton to help the family. Kelly said, “By the time I was thirteen I was picking two and three hundred pounds. My parents tried so hard to do what they could to keep us in school, but school didn’t last but four months out of the year, and most of the time we didn’t have clothes to wear. I dropped out of school and cut cornstalks to help the family.” Kelly dropped out of school after the sixth grade. Even though she did not obtain a formal education, she became a dynamic speaker and civil rights worker. Minister Kelly decided to get her GED after her children were in school. In 1971 she attended Cosmetology School and went on to become a Cosmetology Instructor. She worked as a Cosmetologist until a serious illness caused her to give up that career. She is featured in “Who’s Who Among American Business Women” and was invited to the State Capitol for tea with then Governor Ann Richards. Kelly had the first Black-owned and -operated business in Farmersville. Mrs. Kelly became involved in her community and started the Farmersville NAACP. She was tired of racism in her city and decided to do something about it. As a result of her actions, two restaurants were closed for failing to abide by the law allowing Blacks to come in through the front door. She worked with the Farmersville Human Relations Committee, and she served several years with The North Texas Job Corps Human Relations Committee. Mrs. Kelly has won numerous awards for her dedication and service to her community and surrounding areas. In 1995 God gave Mrs. Kelly a new career, The Power Pages News, a newspaper that gives glory and honor to God, and a profession that has brought great joy into her life and the lives of many others. Mrs. Kelly accepted Christ at an early age and accepted her call into the ministry in 2001. She attended Servant Hood Ministries and upon graduation was ordained a licensed minister of the gospel. Minister Kelly serves at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, under the leadership of Pastor Paul Mack Sr., and is President and CEO of H.K. Ministries. Minister Kelly is the mother of five children and is the proud grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of nine. Mrs. Kelly is the current President of the Texas Publishers Association, which consists of 28 newspapers across the State of Texas. On April 16, 2011, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Allen, Texas, Betty Veasy, President of National Hook-up of Black Women North Central Texas, states, “Like Fannie Lou Hamer, Minister Hattie Kelly is our ‘Shero,’ serving the community with a spirit of grace and dignity.” Hattie Kelly, the 2011 recipient of the Fannie Lou Hamer Award, represents all women who at sometime in their life will utter the words: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” The Fannie Lou Hamer Award is given by the National Hook-up of Black Women North Central Texas National North Central Texas Chapter, which was organized in 2007 and is dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families. Congratulations Hattie Kelly!