"The issues with which Fannie Lou Hamer wrestled—discrimination, poverty, and disenfranchisement—remain unresolved. However, her mission, her life's work, lives on in voting rights and registration campaigns, anti- racism and Black Lives Matter marches, the #MeToo movement, anti- poverty activism, and justice reform. She demonstrated that ordinary people can organize and build coalitions that can create momentous, and perhaps even lasting, change. Those who walked with Fannie Lou Hamer never forgot her, and so many have followed in her footsteps, no less bound to complete the unfinished business of freedom and equality in America."
--From Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer
"An urgent story for our times, Walk With Me hurls readers headlong into the violent and repressive context of rural Mississippi before voting was a protected right for all Americans, even as it paints a moving picture of indelible courage and breathtaking transformation. Historian Kate Larson does not withhold the excruciating details of Civil Rights era activism and backlash in this book; rather, she carefully pairs these violent accounts with the uplifting moments of song, food, faith, and resilience that characterized Fannie Lou Hamer's family and community life. Larson demonstrates once again that she is an adept biographer with an eye for the contexts and character traits that shaped ordinary people into extraordinary agents of change."
—Tiya Miles, author of All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake
— A *starred* Kirkus Review - "A civil rights activist from the Mississippi Delta earns a sympathetic, fully fleshed portrait..." Read more Here
—A *starred* Library Journal review - "VERDICT An inspiring read for activists fighting for voting rights and against racism..." Read more Here
—A 5***** Review in Christianity Today - "Accessible and moving, Larson’s account offers history’s best gifts—context and complexity—to readers who want a better grasp of the trajectory of voting rights in our nation’s past..." Read more Here
— A great! review from Publishers Weekly - "Biographer Larson...delivers a moving and in-depth portrait..." Read more Here
♦—♦ One of 10 must-read Southern books this fall - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Read more Here
— Faithfully Magazine Interview and Review! Read Here
New York Times Review!
“Larson, a visiting scholar at Brandeis’s Women’s Studies Research Center, draws from pathbreaking research on Hamer…to offer an inspired account of Hamer’s contributions. “Walk With Me” is a gripping and skillfully researched political biography that embeds Hamer’s personal history within a compelling account of the post-World War II civil rights movement.”