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NOW VIRTUAL! Kate Clifford Larson: Walk with Me

NOW VIRTUAL! Kate Clifford Larson: Walk with Me

Thursday, September 02, 2021 - 07:00PM ET
Event Location: 
Event address: 
279 Harvard Street
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

THIS EVENT IS NOW VIRTUAL. Celebrate the release of Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer with scholar and author Kate Clifford Larson.

Books purchased on the registration page will be signed and personalized by the author! 

Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer

She was born the twentieth child in a family that had lived in the Mississippi Delta for generations, first as enslaved people and then as sharecroppers. She left school at twelve to pick cotton, as those before her had done, in a world in which white supremacy was an unassailable citadel. She was subjected without her consent to an operation that deprived her of children. And she was denied the most basic of all rights in America--the right to cast a ballot--in a state in which Blacks constituted nearly half the population.

And so Fannie Lou Hamer lifted up her voice. Starting in the early 1960s and until her death in 1977, she was an irresistible force, not merely joining the swelling wave of change brought by civil rights but keeping it in motion. For those whose lives she touched and transformed, for those who heard and followed her voice, she was the embodiment of protest, perseverance, and, most of all, the potential for revolutionary change.

Kate Clifford Larson's biography of Fannie Lou Hamer is the most complete ever written, drawing on recently declassified sources on both Hamer and the civil rights movement, including unredacted FBI and Department of Justice files, interviews with Civil Rights activists conducted by the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, and Democratic National Committee archives, in addition to extensive conversations with Hamer's family and with those with whom she worked most closely.

Kate Clifford Larson is the author of a number of books including Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, and, most recently, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, which was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Her latest book, Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer is out September 2021 from Oxford University Press. Larson has consulted on feature film scripts, documentaries, museum exhibits, public history initiatives, and numerous publications. She is currently a Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center.


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