Books: Non-Fiction

This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

Book — Non-fiction. By Kay Mills. 2007. 390 pages.
First-hand accounts of Fannie Lou Hamer’s emergence as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Time Periods: 20th Century, 1961, 21st Century
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing

thislittlelight9780813191829The award-winning biography of Black civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer

“Riveting. Provides a history that helps us to understand the choices made by so many black men and women of Hamer’s generation, who somehow found the courage to join a movement in which they risked everything.” New York Times Book Review

“One is forced to pause and consider that this black daughter of the Old South might have been braver than King and Malcolm.” Washington Post Book World

“An epic that nurtures us as we confront today’s challenges and helps us Keep Hope Alive.” Jesse L. Jackson

“Not only does This Little Light of Mine recount a vital part of America’s history, but it lights our future as readers are inspired anew by Mrs. Hamer’s spirit, courage, and commitment.” Marian Wright Edelman

“This book is the essence of raw courage. It must be read.” Rep. John Lewis

“Mills’ book is worth reading, not only because it is well written and thoroughly researched, but also because it describes the life of a person who would rank in the top 10 of the most important and essential Mississippians of the last 50 years.” Jackson Free Press

“A solid addition for biography, civil rights, and African American studies collections in public and academic libraries.”Michael Rogers, Library Journal

“Fifteen years after the book’s initial release, this edition of This Little Light of Mine continues to solidify its stance as a worthy contribution to the canon of civil rights-era historical scholarship. Mills’s book stands as essential reading for anyone interested in the inner-workings of the civil rights movement.” Wesley Tyler French, Journal of Mississippi History

ISBN: 978-0-8131-9182-9 | University Press of Kentucky