Weatherford, Carole Boston Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes. PICTUREBOOK. Candlewick Press, 2015. $17.99. Content: PG (Civil Rights violence).
Fannie Lou Hamer was the youngest child of sharecroppers in Mississippi. She grew up picking cotton and experiencing the effects of racism. She was active in the civil rights movement, even running for office in Mississippi. She was refused the opportunity to register to vote, badly beaten in jail and separated from her family for her efforts to participate in an election. Outspoken and brave, she sang, made speeches and was the voice of the civil rights movement.
Told in verse, and as life sketches, the illustrations are collage, colorful and large. A great story that will be a springboard to find out more.
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