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The Robert Talbot Civil Rights Speaker Series Inaugural Event

October 21, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


Join us for the inauguration of The Robert Talbot Civil Rights Speaker Series!
4:30 PM – Reception | 5:30 PM – Program


Fighting Time co-authors
Amy Banks and Isaac Knapper


About Fighting Time, by co-authors Amy Banks and Isaac Knapper

In 1979, 16-year-old Isaac Knapper was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder in New Orleans of UMaine History Professor Ronald Banks. However, Knapper was freed 13 years later after it was revealed that prosecutors had suppressed evidence that cleared Knapper of the crime.

Professor Banks’ daughter, Amy Banks, was also 16 years old at the time of her father’s murder. Twenty-six years later, she and Knapper met and began working together to process the horrific circumstances of the murder and judicial failures.

Now close friends and advocates for racial justice and reform, the two have collaborated on Fighting Time. As reviewer Jennifer Thompson wrote, “Fighting Time is not just a book about the injustice of a wrongful conviction, but a love story of the capacity of human beings to find power in the pain and healing in the harm.”

Fighting Time will be published on November 5th. Advance copies of the book will be available for sale at Banks and Knapper’s October 21st presentation and at The Briar Patch bookstore in Bangor.

This event is supported by a generous grant from Bangor Savings Bank.


October 21, 2021
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


Wells Conference Center, University of Maine
131 Munson Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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