Fannie Lou Hamer is often called the spirit of the Civil Rights movement, who used singing to reflect her belief that the civil rights struggle was a spiritual one.
Her soulful singing were often songs handed down to her from her mother, a sharecropper.
Roxbury artist Ekua Holmes brings Fannie Lou Hamer to light in a new picture book, "Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement." The book was awarded a Caldecott Honor this month.
Ekua Holmes, Roxbury artist and illustrator of "Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement." Assistant director and community coordinator for sparc! The Artmobile at MassArt. She created the 2015 Martin Luther King Day "Google Doodle."
- "This week, Roxbury artist Ekua Holmes’ first children’s book, 'Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement' won a Caldecott Honor as a runner up to the Caldecott Medal, the top prize for children’s picture books in the country."
- "'I question America' — the famous words spoken by civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer fifty years ago this week at the tumultuous Democratic Party convention in Atlantic City — is a fitting reflection of the soul-searching that the country is once again going through in the wake of the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri."
- "There was a voice during the civil rights movement of the 1960s that soothed and inspired those who marched on Southern streets and tried to sit at segregated lunch counters."
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