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

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Frank, poetic picture book bio has dazzling art.

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age 11+

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age 11+

Mature content and LANGUAGE

I agree with the CSM review, but there is very harsh language that needs to be mentioned. When Fannie Lou is in prison, those beating her call her a "nig_er b_tch". So, in addition to the violence mentioned (when Fannie Lou goes in to have a minor tumor removed, and the surgeon takes her reproductive parts with the knife as well), educators and parents should also be aware of the very mature language in select parts of the book.

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Through poetry, the lyrics to traditional gospel spirituals, and mixed-media quilt-like collages, Hamer's life and experiences jump off the page in this stunning picture-book biography. Readers see her move back and forth from being a regular child to being a child living under the oppressive restrictions of the Jim Crow South. Author Carole Boston Weatherford deftly conveys a humanness that's often missing from profiles about civil rights giants. Hamer's strength and vulnerability are unflinchingly displayed, which takes the book to another, more sophisticated level.

Hamer's plainspoken approach to her experiences are sure to appeal to both parents and kids alike as they tackle the difficult issues of civil rights, social resistance, and the inner workings of social justice organizations.

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