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Keisha N. Blain: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America

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Dubbed the social justice manifesto, Until I Am Free, by author Keisha N. Blain, is a unique opportunity to hear about life from the perspective of a working, impoverished and disabled Black woman. Blain, an award-winning historian, details the life and accomplishments of Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist too often forgotten in the narrative of racial justice. Defying the layers of marginalization that threatened to hush her powerful words, Blain holds Hamer in the same esteem as her contemporaries Rosa Parks and MLK. Through Blain, Hamer’s message is given new life in an age where the same issues remain pertinent.

At INFORUM Blain will peel back the layers of Fannie Lou Hamer—layers that ostensibly would have taken power away from her but instead became the very source from which she drew it. This conversation will be moderated by Aimee Allison, founder and president of She the People.


This program is part of The Commonwealth Club's Ideas Inspire series, dedicated to informing, inspiring, and encouraging youth to be empowered citizens of tomorrow.

Copies of Until I Am Free are available for purchase during checkout (U.S. domestic shipping only); our thanks to Marcus Books in Oakland for fulfilling book orders.

Marcus Books

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Bernard Osher Foundation

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Tue, Oct 26 / 5:00 pm PDT

United States

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Keisha N. Blain
Historian; Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh; President, African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS); Author, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America
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Aimee Allison
Founder and President, She the People—Moderator

5–6 p.m. program
(all times PDT)