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

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated by Ekua Homels

Fannie Lou Townsend was the youngest of twenty children born to sharecropper parents in the Mississippi Delta. Brought up with a clear sense of the indignities she and her family suffered at the hands of the local plantation owner, her family’s white neighbors, and the state government, Fannie Lou determined as an adult that she would stand up for what was right and pursued her right to vote. Over the years, Fannie Lou did gain the right to vote and became a vocal member of the civil rights movement, serving in various leadership roles. Beaten and jailed, with her life threatened because of her participation, Fannie continued her fight, working alongside Freedom Fighters and eventually running for office. Fannie’s story is told in verse, and meshes well with the illustrations that underscore both the darkness that Fannie Lou fought against as well as the brightness and creativity that emanated from her spirited attack on racism in this country. This is a great text to promote interest in the American civil rights movement.

Reviewer: Jean Boreen