2021-10-08 12:50:38

“Until I Am Free”: Keisha Blaine on the Enduring Legacy of Voting Rights Pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer

As Republican lawmakers attempt to make it harder to vote in states across the country, we look at the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, the civil rights pioneer who helped organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Historian Keisha Blain writes about Hamer in her new book, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America.

In addition to fighting for voting rights, Hamer challenged state-sanctioned violence and medical racism that Black women faced. Blain based the book’s title on a frequent saying of Fannie Lou Hamer’s: “Whether you are Black or white, you are not free until I am free.”

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