Finally, a book for children about Fannie Lou Hamer, one of the most influential women in the modern Civil Rights Movement. Voice of Freedom is infused with Hamer’s own quotes and the colloquial style that defined her skill as a speaker. It introduces key events in Hamer’s life: growing up in a sharecropping community, getting involved in the struggle for voting rights, a trip to Africa, and her run for the Mississippi State Senate. The earth-toned hues and collages of Ekua Holmes’ illustrations are a visual feast. Although this is a picture book, it is more appropriate for upper elementary grades, given topics such as Hamer’s forced sterilization.
— Rethinking Schools
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book A 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book A 2016 John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner 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.
About the Author
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.
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.