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

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

Label
Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement
Title
Voice of freedom
Title remainder
Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement
Statement of responsibility
Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer
Member of
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Amelia Bloomer Lists, 2016
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2015
  • Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, 2016.
  • John Steptoe Award for New Talent, Illustrator Category, 2016.
  • Notable Books for a Global Society, 2016.
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2016
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 6 Up — This welcome biography brings to light one of the civil rights movement's most inspiring leaders. The youngest of 20 children, Fannie Lou Hamer grew up in a family of sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta. Forced to leave school after sixth grade, she joined the rest of her family in the fields picking cotton. Still hungry for knowledge, she found strength in the love of her family and through her Christian faith. Weatherford describes the hardships that Hamer endured. For instance, in 1961, while she was having a small tumor removed, a doctor performed a hysterectomy without her consent; at that time, Mississippi law allowed poor women to be sterilized without their knowledge. Hamer was in her 40s when young activists spoke at her church; until that point, she hadn't known that she could vote, and she volunteered to register. Though she faced threats and in 1963 was brutally beaten, she spent the rest of her life rallying others. Told in the first person from Hamer's own perspective, this lyrical text in verse emphasizes the activist's perseverance and courage, as she let her booming voice be heard. Holmes's beautiful, vibrant collage illustrations add detail and nuance, often depicting Hamer wearing yellow, which reflects her Sunflower County roots and her signature song, "This Little Light of Mine." Pair this title with Don Mitchell's The Freedom Summer Murders (Scholastic, 2014), which features a short chapter on Hamer, for a well-rounded look at this tumultuous, turbulent era. VERDICT Hamer's heroic life story should be widely known, and this well-crafted work should find a place in most libraries.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA --Marilyn Taniguchi (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 8, p130)
  • /* Starred Review */ A welcome addition to civil rights literature for children. Ask American children to recall a book on Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks, and most can. Fannie Lou Hamer? They will likely come up short. This expansive, richly illustrated biography about the "voice of the civil rights movement" recounts Hamer's humble and poverty-stricken beginnings in 1917 as the 20th child of Mississippi sharecroppers through her struggle to fight for the rights of black people on local, regional, and national levels. Hamer's quotes appear frequently in Weatherford's free-verse poetry, giving readers a sense of how and what she spoke: "Black people work so hard, and we ain't got nothin' / to show for it." The author also includes painful truths, describing the "night riders' " pursuit of Hamer after she attempted to register to vote and a brutal beating at the hands of police following her arrest, from which she suffered lifetime injuries. Hamer's determination, perseverance, and unwavering resolve come through on every page. Holmes' quiltlike collage illustrations emphasize the importance Hamer placed on community among African-Americans. Young readers who open this book with just a vague notion of who Fannie Lou Hamer was will wonder no more after absorbing this striking portrait of the singer and activist. Bold, honest, informative, and unforgettable. (author's note, timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Picture book/poetry/biography. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2015)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10434201
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weatherford, Carole Boston
Dewey number
  • 323.092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Middle School
  • 820L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
5.8
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Holmes, Ekua
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hamer, Fannie Lou
  • Hamer, Fannie Lou
  • African American women civil rights workers
  • Civil rights workers
  • Civil rights movements
  • African Americans
  • African American women civil rights workers
  • Civil rights workers
  • Civil rights movements
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Women
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
Fannie Lou Hamer: the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
Label
Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement, Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1106435
Dimensions
27 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763665319
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013957319
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763665319
  • (OCoLC)884807675
Label
Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement, Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1106435
Dimensions
27 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763665319
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013957319
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763665319
  • (OCoLC)884807675

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