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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 segment aired on January 29, 2016.