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.”