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61haeav5kclVoice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Written By:  Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated By: Ekua Holmes

Genre: NonFiction

Published: Candlewick Press – Somerville, MA, August 4th, 2015

Awards: Robert F. Sibert Honor – 2016, Caldecott Honor – 2016, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor for Nonfiction – 2016, John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award – 2016

Themes: A nonfiction text outline a women, that many have not heard of before, explains and shows the hardships of slavery. The hope, will, and determination of people. As well as, the unfairness, cruelty, and hardships that African Americans went through in the days of “share”cropping.

Summary: Fanny Lou Hamer is the voice and spirit of the Civil Rights Movement! Her determination and persistence is ever-present in the Delta of Mississippi. She works extremely hard to give African Americans the rights that they deserve, primarily voting and representation in the government. Through beatings, people saying “no”, people dying, and at first little to no success – she finds light towards the end of her Civil Rights journey.

Response: How might you use this book in the social studies, science, or mathematics curriculum? Write about a specific activity you might do that relates to the content of this book.

For this book, I would use it within a Social Students or American History curriculum. I feel that this book is very information and provides insight into a women that many do not know about. With this novel – we are able to experience another side of the story, how even though the government was becoming progressive, there were many downfalls and individuals trying to continually oppress the African American community. Ultimately, I would use this as a potential research anchor – having students research individuals that are not as “popular” or included in your typical textbooks or google searches.


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