Book cover: Voice of Freedomby Carole Boston Weatherford
Candlewick Press, 2015.
Grades 5-8

Voice of Freedom uses free verse poetry to tell the story of Fanie Lou Hamer. From her childhood as one of 20 children of sharecroppers, to her strong voice in the civil rights movement, Voice of Freedom shares Hamer’s place in the narrative of social change.

Hamer worked tirelessly for racial equality and helped to form the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, but she also helped start a Head Start preschool, ran a farm project, led a cotton picker resistance movement, and co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus.

This book is a glimpse into Hamer’s amazing life, and a call to action to stand up for what you believe is right.

Voice of Freedom is easily accessible to readers. The poetic form allows for a first person voice to come through Weatherford’s words. A timeline of Hamer’s life, and main events within the civil rights movement, can be found at the back and allows readers to begin to piece together where Hamer’s story fits into the larger narrative of the movement.

Hamer’s story is not one that is often told, and her impact as an activist deserves to be shared.