Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March

By Lynda Blackmon Lowery

A memoir of the Civil Rights stream from one in all its youngest heroes

because the youngest marcher within the 1965 balloting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that teens might be heroes. Jailed 9 instances ahead of her 15th birthday, Lowery fought along Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. during this memoir, she exhibits brand new younger readers what it capacity to struggle nonviolently (even whilst the police are utilizing violence, as within the Bloody Sunday protest) and the way it felt to join altering American history.

easy and encouraging, this superbly illustrated memoir brings readers into the center of the Civil Rights flow, complementing universal center school room studying and bringing historical past alive for younger readers.

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E. L. & S. B. Our incalculable because of our stellar editor, Lauri Hornik, a kindred spirit from the start; dressmaker Mina Chung for taking our dream and making it extra attractive than we imagined; superb artist PJ Loughran for revealing what used to be by no means photographed and making us cry; and the full staff at Dial Books for younger Readers for all in their aid for our booklet. we might now not be maintaining this publication in our arms with out our amazing agent, Charlotte Sheedy, who believed during this booklet from the start (and our gratitude to our nice good friend Karen Shatzkin, for introducing us to Charlotte within the first place); Mackenzie Brady, who was once continuously on best of every little thing regardless of us all; and our households and associates who've saved the religion. The authors additionally desire to honor and recognize: • Dr. Amelia Boynton-Robinson and the opposite participants of the brave 8: Mr. Ulysses Blackmon, Mr. Earnest L. Doyle, Mrs. Marie Foster, Mr. James Edward Gildersleeve, Rev. J. D. Hunter, Dr. F. D. Reese, and Rev. Henry Shannon Jr. , who bravely fought for balloting rights in Selma earlier than the time lined during this tale • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , Fred Shuttlesworth, and different contributors of the Southern Christian management convention (SCLC) who got here to Selma to motivate and aid set up the vote casting rights stream • John Lewis, Bernard and Colia LaFayette and different younger individuals of the coed Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) who risked their lives to steer the formative years and teenagers within the stream. It was once John Lewis and Hosea Williams (SCLC) who led the march around the Edmund Pettus Bridge towards the ready soldiers and possemen on Bloody Sunday. • the various Hollywood and Broadway performers and activists, specially Harry Belafonte and Bayard Rustin, who helped make the March to Montgomery such a unprecedented occasion. • And the entire early life and teens who so bravely confronted violence and detention center. photograph credit 1, 2, three, four, five: � Bettmann/CORBIS 6, 7: � John Kouns/syndicjournal. us eight, nine: � 1965 Spider Martin 10, eleven, 12, thirteen, 14, 15: � linked Press sixteen, 17: � Matt Herron/The picture Works 18, 19, 20: � Bruce Davidson/Magnum images 21, 22: � AL. com/Landov 23: Peter Pettus, Library of Congress 24: Photographer unknown, each attempt has been made to find copyright holders trying to find extra? stopover at Penguin. com for extra approximately this writer and an entire checklist in their books. detect your subsequent nice learn!

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