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Pairing Primary Sources and Picture Books: Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford

Album Description

This album contains primary sources connected with the picture book Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford. An accompanying blog post that gives a suggestion on how to use some of these resources with students will be posted in the Links section of this group shortly.

Fannie Lou Hamer Tells Her Story (1963)

Teaching Notes

In this YouTube video, Fannie Lou Hamer tells of her eviction from share cropping in Mississippi in 1962.

Testimony Before the Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention; Atlantic City, New Jersey - August 22, 1964

Teaching Notes

In this audio recording and transcript, Fannie Lou Hamer gives testimony before the Credentials Committee at the Democratic National Convention. At the time, this testimony was also televised nationally.

Fannie Lou Hamer Interview (1965)

Teaching Notes

In this radio interview, Colin Edwards interviews Fannie Lou Hamer on the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, voting rights, human rights, and politics during an interview he taped during her visit to Berkeley. Mrs. Hamer also relates a vicious beating she received in a Winona, Mississippi, jail from two African American prisoners forced by officials. She discusses her admiration for the Deacons for Defense and her friendship with Malcolm X.

Interview with Fannie Lou Hamer (1968)

Teaching Notes

In this 1968 interview, Fannie Lou Hamer talks about her perceptions of Mississippi.

A clip of students demonstrating against the Vietnam War including a short speech by Fannie Lou Hamer, August 7, 1971.

Teaching Notes

In the first 1 minute and 20 seconds of this video clip, Fannie Lou Hamer gives her opinions on the Vietnam war and peace in the United States.

The Robert MacNeil Report; July 14, 1976

Teaching Notes

In this news show, Fannie Lou Hamer participates in a panel reacting to Jimmy Carter becoming the Democratic nominee for president. While she speaks throughout the piece, her biggest contribution comes between 5 minutes 30 seconds and 9 minutes 10 seconds.

The Detroit tribune., December 21, 1963, Page 1, Image 1

Teaching Notes

Article gives an account of Fannie Lou Hamer's testimony after Mississippi law officers pulled her off a bus in Winona.

The Detroit tribune., June 15, 1963, Page 1, Image 1

Teaching Notes

An article giving an account of the murder of Medgar Evers.

An article from Memphis World reporting Hamer’s thoughts on medical care for African Americans, May 9, 1964.Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 11.35.23 PM.png

Teaching Notes

This page contains both the scan of the original newspaper page and a transcript of the article.

An article from Memphis World about Hamer being refused a place on the ballot at the Democratic National Convention, October 31, 1964.

Teaching Notes

This web page gives both the scan of the original newspaper page as well as a transcript of the story.

An excerpt from a FBI file record detailing the arrest of Hamer and five others for trying to use a bus terminal bathroom, June 1963.

Teaching Notes

The scan of the five-page excerpt can be read here. Item information is linked to the left of the page.