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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

By Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803741232, 128pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2015

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Description
A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes
A Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Book
Kirkus
Best Books of 2015

BooklistEditors' Choice 2015
BCCBBlue Ribbon 2015
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.


About the Author
Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest person to take part in the whole Selma to Montgomery March, now works as a case manager at a mental health center, and still lives in Selma, Alabama. Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley have collaborated on several previous history and geography books for young people. Elspeth lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Susan lives in New York City. P J Loughran is an illustrator, creative director, and musician. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.


NPR
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015

Lynda Blackmon Lowery was still a child when she joined the legendary 1965 march. Now she's written a book for young readers about the experience, called Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom. More at NPR.org

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