Voice of Freedom

Fannie Lou Hamer - Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Stirring poems and stunning illustrations combine in this acclaimed biography of Fannie Lou Hamer.

By Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by Ekua Holmes Read by Janina Edwards African American / Children's Nonfiction / History - United States / Social Issues English Age group 4-7 34m Sell Sheet Also available on
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1 Video DVD July 12, 2016 $38.99 $38.99 9781520016788 Add to Cart
									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. Based on the critically acclaimed 2016 Caldecott and Sibert Honor Book, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, and a 2016 John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner - Awards

“Bold, unapologetic, beautiful." - Booklist (Starred Review)

“Hamer’s heroic life story should be widely known, and this well-crafted work should find a place in most libraries. Janina Edwards' spirited narration conveys the beauty of Weatherford's poetic text...an excellent resource to supplement American history studies, especially the civil rights era.” - School Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Bold, honest, informative, and unforgettable.” - Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"This majestic biography offers a detailed, intelligible overview of Hamer's life while never losing the thread of her motivations, fears, and heroic triumphs, and places the civil rights movement in personal, local, national, and international contexts." - The Horn Book (Starred Review)

"This...would make an excellent introduction to the sounds of the Civil Rights movement." - AudioFile