Rose City Girl Trek: Walking to Honor Fannie Lou Hamer

The Rose City Girl Trek group walked 3 miles Friday night to honor Fannie Lou Hamer's legacy.

TYLER, Texas – Across the city of Tyler Friday night, you may have noticed several women walking the streets in royal blue shirts.

The Rose City Girl Trek group gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.     

The walking group is a part of the national nonprofit –Girl Trek, which encourages women to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living in families and communities.

Today's 3-mile walk in remembrance of Hamer was a part of nearly a hundred walks across the country to start their own journey towards better health.

Many of the ladies who took park in the walk said it was a step outside of their comfort zones.

“It was my first time to ever walk over Gentry,” said Ange Everett, one of the walkers. “It was also my first time to walk over 30 minutes,” she added.

The Girl Trek organization says they are looking for the new generation of Fannie Lou Hamers.         

Hamer was known for her courage on the frontlines of the American civil rights movement.

If you’d like to join the local Girl Trek movement, you can find out more about the organization by searching for their Facebook page (Girl Trek Tyler – Rose City Trekers).

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