Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer
Tuesday, March 23rd at 12:00 PM
Author Kate Clifford Larson speaks on her upcoming biography of civil rights leader
Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie Lou Hamer was an extraordinary American activist whose fight for basic human and political rights changed the course of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. An African American sharecropper from Mississippi with a grade school education, she endured physical violence and economic retaliation when she challenged a racist society that denied her the right to vote. A powerful speaker, she riveted audiences with her calls to stand up and fight for equality and justice. Her testimony at the Democratic National Convention in 1964, broadcast on national television, brought audience members to tears. It set the stage for a dramatic showdown with President Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr., who, like other powerful men, found her—and her style of grassroots activism—unworthy of respect. Her life story reminds us that some trailblazers, especially women leaders, rise up from the most unlikely places and against tremendous odds.
Dr. Kate Clifford Larson is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of three critically acclaimed biographies including: Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, and The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln. An award-winning consultant for numerous museum and public history initiatives, she is frequently interviewed by local, national, and international radio programs and media outlets, and has appeared on national and international television broadcasts including BBC, PBS, and C-Span, cable networks and most recently CBS Sunday Morning. She is currently a Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center Visiting Scholar. Her latest work, Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, is due out from Oxford University Press in October 2021.
Co-sponsored by the College of the Holy Cross: Department of Sociology; Gender, Sexuality and Women Studies; Africana Studies, and the History Department.