2021 General Assembly Ware Lecturer

The inspiring and eye-opening true story of one man’s undying belief in the power of a fully enfranchised nation

Product Code: 8942
ISBN: 9780807007341
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 176
Published Date: 04/19/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $14.95

Desmond Meade and Stacey Abrams, author of Our Time is Now, Lead from the Outside and While Justice Sleeps are the 2021 General Assembly Ware Lecturers

"You may think the right to vote is a small matter, and if you do, I would bet you have never had it taken away from you.” Thus begins the story of Desmond Meade and his inspiring journey to restore voting rights to roughly 1.4 million returning citizens in Florida - resulting in a stunning victory in 2018 that enfranchised the most people at once in any single initiative since women’s suffrage.

Let My People Vote is the deeply moving, personal story of Meade’s life, his political activism, and the movement he spearheaded to restore voting rights to returning citizens who had served their terms. Meade survived a tough childhood only to find himself with a felony conviction. Finding the strength to pull his life together, he graduated summa cum laude from college, graduated from law school, and married. But because of his conviction, he was not even allowed to sit for the bar exam in Florida. And when his wife ran for state office, he was filled with pride - but not permitted to vote for her.

Meade takes us on a journey from his time in homeless shelters, to the exhilarating, joyful night in November of 2018, when Amendment 4 passed with 65 percent of the vote. Meade’s story, and his commitment to a fully enfranchised nation, will prove to readers that one person really can make a difference.

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Love Has Won the Day

The Railroad Tracks

Searching for Purpose

Down on My Knees

A Passion for the Law

Back to School

Staying Sober

Community Service Is My Lottery Ticket

Advocacy on Another Level

David and Goliath

A Ballot Initiative?

Law School

Wouldn’t It Be Great If I Made Dean’s List?

The Greatest Indicator of Citizenship

No Man Is an Island

Cooking Up Some Gumbo

Blood Is Thicker Than Water

Let’s Rock This Thing

The Home Stretch

Love Will Win the Day


"[An] appealing debut memoir . . . This poignant account soars.” - Publishers Weekly

“Desmond Meade is one of my personal heroes, and his story is an inspiration for all those who aim to build a radically more inclusive democracy.” - Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

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