Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer
“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
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, Mrs. 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. [Publisher’s description.]
Credit: By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Published by Candlewick Press, 2015.
Type: Book – Picture Book
Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Time Period: 1950 -1974