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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

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"I am sick and tired of being sick and tired." Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Integral to the Freedom Summer of 1964, Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that, despite President Johnson's interference, aired on national TV news and spurred the nation to support the Freedom Democrats.

Featuring vibrant mixed-media art full of intricate detail, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer's life and legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.

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"Told in the first person from Hamer's own perspective, this lyrical text in verse emphasizes the activist's perseverance and courage, as she let her booming voice be heard. Holmes's beautiful, vibrant collage illustrations add detail and nuance, often depicting Hamer wearing yellow, which reflects her Sunflower County roots and her signature song, 'This Little Light of Mine'....Hamer's heroic life story should be widely known, and this well-crafted work should find a place in most libraries." — Marilyn Taniguchi, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 - 12
Author Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator Ekua Holmes
ISBN 0763665312
Publication Date Aug 4, 2015
Publisher Candlewick
Award Winners Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Award, Parents’ Choice Award
Language English