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Historian Keisha Blain on ‘Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America’

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 (Visit Misissippi)

Activist and former sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer famously said “you are not free, whether you are Black or white, until I am free.” Hamer and her bold, radical honesty are the subject of a new biography by historian Keisha Blain, who sheds light on Hamer’s life and the ideas and political strategies that were central to the Civil Rights movement. In “Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America,” Blain documents key moments in Hamer’s activism, including her pivotal role in co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. As voting rights remain a battleground in the U.S., Blain joins us to talk about Hamer’s legacy and the lessons we can learn from her activism.


Keisha Blain, historian and author, "Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America;" associate professor of history, University of Pittsburgh


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