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

by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes

Published by Candlewick Press, 2015
34 pages
ISBN: 978𢠩63665319

Age 10 and older

揥hen I was born, on October 6, 1917, the plantation owner / paid my mother fifty dollars for producing a future field hand. A biography in poems of activist Fannie Lou Hamer follows her path from a childhood working cotton in a family of sharecroppers to her emergence as a civil rights activist and politician working to secure voting rights and representation for African Americans in Mississippi and nationally. Readable, accessible, and compelling, the poems in Hamer抯 first-person voice illuminate her strength of character, but they also feel personal, with vivid details ranging from tender (remembering a mother who taught her 揵lack is beautiful) to painful (being sterilized without her knowledge). Direct quotes from Hamer are woven into the poems in italics. An author抯 note telling more about Hamer抯 life and her activism, timeline, and detailed source notes are provided. The illustrations are singular artistic compositions that interpret the content of each individual poem while giving the volume as a whole a striking visual impact and cohesive visual tone.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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