Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Audiobook, by Carole Boston Weatherford Play Audiobook Sample

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Audiobook

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Audiobook, by Carole Boston Weatherford Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Janina Edwards Publisher: Dreamscape Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 0.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 0.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781520016771

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Longest Chapter Length:

33:34 minutes

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33:34 minutes

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33:34 minutes

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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.

Based on the critically acclaimed 2016 Caldecott and Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.

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“Narrator Janina Edwards’s lilting performance is immediately entrancing. She authoritatively reads Weatherford’s Sibert Honor-winning free verse poems in a style and cadence rich with references to the rural South…This audiobook would make an excellent introduction to the sounds of the Civil Rights movement.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Hamer’s heroic life story should be widely known, and this well-crafted work should find a place in most libraries.”

    — School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “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.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Narrator Janina Edwards does a masterful job voicing Hamer…Singing a few lyrics of This Little Light of Mine, Edwards embodies Hamer’s triumphant spirit…Adding background music and Edwards’ eloquent narration to the strong words make this a particularly powerful program.”

    — Booklist (audio 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.”

    — Horn Book Guide (starred review)


  • A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book

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About Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of many children books, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, which was a Caldecott Honor book, and Becoming Billie Holiday, a 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book.

About Janina Edwards

Janina Edwards, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a native of Chicago and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts acting program. Her 2016 performance of Voice of Freedom was a finalist for the Audie Award.