Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March
Lynda Blackmon Lowery
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A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes
As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. In this memoir, she shows today's young readers what it means to fight nonviolently (even when the police are using violence, as in the Bloody Sunday protest) and how it felt to be part of changing American history.
Straightforward and inspiring, this beautifully illustrated memoir brings readers into the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, complementing Common Core classroom learning and bringing history alive for young readers.
had to travel some dangerous roads to get to Selma—little country roads where the Ku Klux Klan was riding around. The music was fantastic. By then we had formed a freedom choir, and I was part of it. I got to sing in the choir with Bettie Fikes, and you know how I felt about that. When Dr. King walked in, everyone stood and cheered. He talked about the vote and how we would get it. He told us we must be ready to march. His voice grew louder as he continued. “We must be ready to go to jail by
It helped when we sang “We Shall Overcome.” Singing those words made us believe we could do it. We could overcome the hate and racism. Every time I sang the line “We are not afraid,” I lied a little, but it was important to sing it. The people who weren’t afraid sang it the strongest and the loudest. The sound of their voices was like a warm blanket on a cold night. It made me feel a little stronger and more protected. Then I could sing a little louder too. We sang it to let everyone know: We
Blackmon, date. I. Leacock, Elspeth. II. Buckley, Susan Washburn. III. Loughran, PJ, illustrator. IV. Title. V. Title: Turning fifteen on the road to freedom. F334.S4L69 2015 323.1196'073076145—dc 3 2013047316 The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content. Version_1 Title Page Copyright Dedication Woke up this morning with my mind. . . Growing Up Strong and Determined In The Movement Jailbirds In
Seeger, Tony Bennett, Nina Simone, Peter, Paul and Mary, and many more. There was this little stage set up so they could perform for the crowd—for us. There had never been anything like that show in Alabama before. The next morning, March 25, I knew I was going to see George Wallace and he was going to see me. Everything was different that day. There were even more people now—more than twenty-five thousand. My buddies were there, kids I went to jail with so many times. And Daddy was there too.
decades of friendship and collaboration.—E.L. & S.B. Our incalculable thanks to our stellar editor, Lauri Hornik, a kindred spirit from the beginning; designer Mina Chung for taking our dream and making it more beautiful than we imagined; wonderful artist PJ Loughran for revealing what was never photographed and making us cry; and the entire team at Dial Books for Young Readers for all of their support for our book. We would not be holding this book in our hands without our extraordinary agent,