Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Book – Non-fiction. By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. 2015. 45 pages.
Illustrated biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, an unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 | Resource Types: Picture Books

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hammer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movementvoiceoffreedom9780763665319 is the story of Fannie Lou Hammer in poetic form. It is infused with Hamer’s own quotes and colloquial style that defined her skill as leader and speaker for the Civil Rights Movement. This book charts Fannie Lou Hamer’s life from her family beginnings as a sharecropper to her run for the Mississippi State Senate.

Weatherford provides further notes on Hamer’s life, in addition to a timeline of the Civil Rights Movement from her birth in 1917 to her death in 1977. Using earth toned hues, Ekua Holmes provides a visual feast that complements Carole Boston Weatherford’s prose. Although this is a picture book, educators should be informed that it delves into mature topics such as Hamer’s forced sterilization.

ISBN: 9780763665319 | Published by Candlewick Press.

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