Presented by Kate Clifford Larson Ph.D.; Historian, Writer, Consultant; Brandeis WSRC Scholar 2020-22 (Alum)

Born a century apart – one in slavery, the other in Jim Crow Mississippi – they battled subjugation and racism to ensure equality for all Americans. Their lives and legacies are a testament to the soaring power of freedom that inspires leaders to rise up from the most unexpected places.


Kate Clifford Larson is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Latest release: Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer (Oxford, 2021), named one of the Best Biographies of 2021 by Kirkus; Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero (2004); Harriet Tubman: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works (2022); Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter (2015); The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln (2008). Consulting Historian for film, print, exhibits, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State and National Park, and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and All-American Road, Eastern Shore, MD; and Harriet Tubman Home and National Park, Auburn, NY.