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Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement / Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes.

By: Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- [author.].
Contributor(s): Holmes, Ekua [illustrator.] | Candlewick Press [publisher.].
Material type: TextTextEdition: First edition.Description: 34 pages : color illustrations ; 27 x 29 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780763665319; 0763665312.Subject(s): Hamer, Fannie Lou -- Juvenile literature | Hamer, Fannie Lou -- Poetry | Hamer, Fannie Lou | Mississippi Freedom Project -- Juvenile literature | Mississippi Freedom Project | 1900-1999 | African American women civil rights workers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Civil rights workers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | African American women civil rights workers -- Poetry | Civil rights workers -- Poetry | Civil rights movements -- History -- 20th century -- Poetry | African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century -- Poetry | African Americans -- Biography -- Poetry | Women -- Biography -- Poetry | African American women -- Biography -- Poetry | Civil rights workers -- Biography -- Poetry | Civil rights movements -- History -- Poetry | African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- Poetry | JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists | JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry | JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism | African American women civil rights workers | African Americans -- Civil rights | Civil rights movements | Civil rights workers | Race relations | Mississippi -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature | Mississippi | United StatesGenre/Form: Biographies. | Biography. | History. | Juvenile works. | Picture books. | Poetry. | Picture books for children. | Children's poetry | Children's poetry -- 2015. | Picture books. | Poetry. | Biographies. | Caldecott Medal: Honor book -- 2016. | John Steptoe Award for New Talent -- 2016. | Robert F. Sibert Award: Honor book -- 2016. | Biographical poetry -- Juvenile. | Dust jackets (Bindings) -- 2015. | Curriculum resource.DDC classification: 973.04 | B
Contents:
Sunflower County, Mississippi -- Delta Blues -- Spoiled -- My mother taught me -- Fair -- Not everyone could move up north -- Worse off than dogs -- Motherhood -- Literacy test -- On the move -- The price of freedom -- SNCC ("Snick") -- The beating -- Injustice -- Running -- Freedom summer -- 1964 Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey -- Africa -- Washington -- Black power -- America's problem -- No rest.
Awards: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2016 | Caldecott Honor Book, 2016 | John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, 2016 | Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Honor, 2016Summary: "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.
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Sunflower County, Mississippi -- Delta Blues -- Spoiled -- My mother taught me -- Fair -- Not everyone could move up north -- Worse off than dogs -- Motherhood -- Literacy test -- On the move -- The price of freedom -- SNCC ("Snick") -- The beating -- Injustice -- Running -- Freedom summer -- 1964 Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey -- Africa -- Washington -- Black power -- America's problem -- No rest.

"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.

Ages 10-14.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2016

Caldecott Honor Book, 2016

John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, 2016

Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Honor, 2016

Reviews provided by Syndetics

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This iconographic video expands on Carole Boston Weatherford's exemplary picture book biography of Fannie Lou Hamer by adding narration and simple animation. Janina Edwards's spirited narration conveys the beauty of Weatherford's poetic text and convincingly voices Hamer's perspective. Born in poverty, Hamer became a powerful voice of the civil rights movement. Forced to leave school after the sixth grade, she was in her forties when she first learned of her right to vote. Though registering to vote cost her work and drew death threats, Hamer was undaunted. With her signature song "This Little Light of Mine," she rallied others to register and worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. Throughout her life, Hamer faced hardships, which are described with candor and sensitivity. In 1963, after she and other civil rights workers sought service at a whites-only café, she was jailed and brutally beaten. Hamer refused to give up hope, though. Ekua Holmes's exquisite collage art depicts Hamer in yellow, symbolic of her Mississippi Delta roots and resilience. The presentation lingers over details in the mixed-media collages: sunflower motifs, snippets of text, and maps on clothes. Folksy guitar and simple animations enliven the presentation: hands clap, heads nod, and a pick-up truck rumbles into view. VERDICT This well-crafted video is an excellent resource to supplement American history studies, especially the civil rights era. Hamer's inspiring life story should resonate with a wide audience.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Carole Boston Weatherford has written numerous award-winning books for children, including Becoming Billie Holiday, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, which won a Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, and the Caldecott Honor-winning Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, which also won an NAACP Image Award. Carole Boston Weatherford lives in North Carolina.<br> <br> Ekua Holmes is a fine artist whose work explores themes of family, relationships, hope, and faith. In 2013 she was named to the Boston Arts Commission, which oversees public art projects on city property. Voice of Freedom is her first picture book. Ekua Holmes lives in Boston.

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