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A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book.A 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.A 2016 John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner.A 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Nonfiction Honor Book.Stirring poems and stunning collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights. "I am sick...
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A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book.
A 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.
A 2016 John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner.
A 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Nonfiction Honor Book.
Stirring poems and stunning collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights.
"I am sick and tired of being sick and tired."
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. Featuring vibrant mixed-media art full of intricate detail, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.
Caldecott Honor winner Weatherford (Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, 2006) has rendered Hamer’s voice so precisely that it is like sitting at her knee as she tells her story. Holmes’ multimedia collages perfectly capture the essence of each poem. Like Hamer’s life, the illustrations are filled with light, texture, movement, and darkness. They are both abstract and realistic, brilliantly juxtaposing gentle floral motifs with protest placards and Fannie Lou Hamer’s face in bold relief. Ultimately, though this is Hamer’s story, it includes the collaborative struggles of others with whom she worked and fought for a different America. Bold, unapologetic, and beautiful.—Booklist (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 Review
A force to be reckoned with, strong-willed Fannie Lou found herself in the mist of making history to raise herself and her people from very deplorable conditions. Learn here how politicians shook in their boots while she spoke.