11/15 – Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer

Please join the National History Center for a Washington History Seminar Panel with Kate Clifford Larson on Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer.

Monday, November 15 at 4:00 pm ET

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Space in the Zoom webinar is available on a first-come first-serve basis and fills up very quickly, if you are unable to join the session or receive an error message you can still watch on the NHC’s Facebook Page or the Wilson Center website.

This seminar will be recorded and the video will be posted on the National History Center’s YouTube Channel.


Kate Clifford Larson’s biography of Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, Walk with Me, is stirring, immersive, and authoritative. Recently declassified FBI files, rich movement archives, interviews with veteran activists, and extensive conversations with Hamer’s family led Larson to uncover Hamer the woman, her struggles to survive, and the critical turning points that forced her rebirth from a Mississippi sharecropper into a fierce freedom fighter. By centering Hamer within the larger Civil Rights story, Larson elevates the profound faith and full spirit that undergirded Hamer’s powerful voice, a voice that inspired millions to join in her demands for justice and equality in America.


Kate Clifford Larson, Brandeis University

A’Lelia Bundles, Columbia University

Robert L. Harris, Jr., Cornell University


Kate Clifford Larson is a bestselling author of critically acclaimed biographies including Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero and Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter. Her latest work, Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer tells the remarkable story of one of America’s most important civil rights leaders of the 20th century. Larson is also an award-winning consultant for feature film scripts, documentaries, museum exhibits, and public history initiatives. She is frequently interviewed by national and international media outlets. Dr. Larson is a Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center Visiting Scholar.

A’Lelia Bundles is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, the 2001 New York Times Notable Book about her entrepreneurial great-great-grandmother and the inspiration for Self Made, the fictional Netflix series starring Octavia Spencer. She is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance. A former network television news executive and producer at ABC News and NBC News, she is a vice chairman emerita of Columbia University’s Board of Trustees and chair emerita of the board of the National Archives Foundation. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


Robert L. Harris, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of African American History, American Studies, and Public Affairs, as well as Vice Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development Emeritus from Cornell University. He received his undergraduate degree and master’s degree with honors from Roosevelt University and his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University. He has published The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939, co-edited with Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, 2006; “The Changing Contours of African American History during the Twentieth Century,” in A Century of American Historiography, edited by James M. Banner, Jr. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010, pp. 52-65, and “Reflections on Building the Martin Luther King National Memorial in Washington, D.C.” The Journal of African American History, 103:3 (Summer, 2018), pp. 402-417.

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