Until I Am Free Book Talk | National Civil Rights Museum

Book Talk: UNTIL I AM FREE:  Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America

with author Keisha Blain • with host Donna Brazile

October 6, 2021 • 6:00pm Central

This Virtual event will be available to registrants and not be available for rewatch.
Pre-order a signed copy of the book, Until I Am Free, from the museum's store prior to its October 5 release.


Having been the victim of forced sterilization at the age of 43, Fannie Lou Hamer began fighting relentlessly for voting rights for Black Americans and against white supremacy, surviving brutal beatings by police and private citizens, as well being shot at in a near fatal attempt on her life. In UNTIL I AM FREE: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America, award-winning historian and New York Times bestselling author Keisha N. Blain shines a light on Hamer’s life, ideas, and political strategies, situating her as a key political thinker of the Civil Rights movement alongside Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, John Lewis, and Rosa Parks.


About the Author

Dr. Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian of the 20th century United States with broad interests and specializations in African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She completed a PhD in History from Princeton University. She is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and the president of the African American Intellectual History Society. She is also a columnist for MSNBC, covering race, gender, and politics in historical and contemporary perspectives. She is currently a 2020-2021 fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. 

Blain has published extensively on race, gender, and politics in both national and global perspectives including the #1 New York Times best seller Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, edited with Ibram X. Kendi.


This event is produced in partnership with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.  As an independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization, the Brennan Center conducts rigorous research to identify problems and provide in-depth empirical findings and compelling analyses of pressing legal and policy issues. It also pioneer and champion policy solutions, such as automatic voter registration and small donor public financing.

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