Academic journal article Language Arts

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

Academic journal article Language Arts

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

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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Written by Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by Ekua Holmes Candlewick, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-7636-6531-9

As one of the most influential leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, it's curious why Fannie Lou Hamer isn't as familiar to students as other Civil Rights figures. This stunning picturebook biography, though, gives center stage to her and her many profound acts of courage. In lyrical, first-person free verse, Weatherford shares Hamer's story, from her childhood as the youngest of 20 children in a family of sharecroppers toiling in Mississippi to her acceptance of a lifelong service award by the Congressional Black Caucus in 1976 for her inspirational activism. Infused with song and factual details, Hamer's voice resonates across each page with accounts of the daily injustices Black people faced, the intimidation and brutality she experienced, and the tenacity and hope with which she pursued freedom and justice for all. …

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