Book Tour for UNTIL I AM FREE

Information and Dates for the Until I Am Free Book Tour

Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00PM Eastern

The Brennan Center for Justice (In collaboration with the National Civil Rights Museum) in conversation with Donna Brazile

Thursday, October 7 at 7:00PM Eastern

Brooklyn Public Library in conversation with Alexis Coe 

Friday, October 8 at 7:00PM Eastern

Harrisburg Book Festival, 7:00PM Eastern, in conversation with Damon Young 

Tuesday, October 12 at 7:30PM Eastern

Free Library of Philadelphia (in collaboration with Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books) in conversation with Mitchell S. Jackson 

Thursday, October 14 at 6:00PM Eastern

New-York Historical Society in conversation with Rebecca Traister 

Friday, October 22 at 7:00PM Eastern

White Whale Bookstore in conversation with Deesha Philyaw

Sunday, October 24 at 3:00PM Eastern

National Women’s History Museum in conversation with Sherie M. Randolph

Tuesday, October 26 at 8:00PM Eastern

Commonwealth Club of California, 8:00PM Eastern, in conversation with Aimee Allison

Saturday, October 30 at 3:00PM Eastern

Well-Read Black Girls Festival

Tuesday, November 2 at 7:00PM Eastern

44th and 3rd Bookseller in conversation with Ibram X. Kendi

Thursday, November 4 at 6:30PM Eastern

Busboys and Poets in conversation with Clint Smith

Wednesday, November 10 at 1:00PM Eastern

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in conversation with Jacqueline Hamer Flakes & Charles Mclaurin

Link to Facebook Live–Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Tuesday, November 16 at 9:00PM Eastern

Town Hall Seattle (in partnership with Northwest African American Museum) in conversation with LaNesha DeBardelaben

Tuesday, November 30 at 4:00PM Eastern

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University, in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad

More about Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America

“We have a long fight and this fight is not mine alone, but you are not free whether you are white or black, until I am free.”—Fannie Lou Hamer

A blend of social commentary, biography, and intellectual history, Until I Am Free is a manifesto for anyone committed to social justice. The book challenges us to listen to a working-poor and disabled Black woman activist and intellectual of the civil rights movement as we grapple with contemporary concerns around race, inequality, and social justice.

Award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author Keisha N. Blain situates Fannie Lou Hamer as a key political thinker alongside leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks and demonstrates how her ideas remain salient for a new generation of activists committed to dismantling systems of oppression in the United States and across the globe.

Despite her limited material resources and the myriad challenges she endured as a Black woman living in poverty in Mississippi, Hamer committed herself to making a difference in the lives of others. She refused to be sidelined in the movement and refused to be intimidated by those of higher social status and with better jobs and education. In these pages, Hamer’s words and ideas take center stage, allowing us all to hear the activist’s voice and deeply engage her words, as though we had the privilege to sit right beside her.

More than 40 years since Hamer’s death in 1977, her words still speak truth to power, laying bare the faults in American society and offering valuable insights on how we might yet continue the fight to help the nation live up to its core ideals of “equality and justice for all.”