Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery (Dial Books, January 2015).
“By the time I was fifteen years old, I had been in jail nine times.” (pg 13)
So begins Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s story of growing up in the Jim Crow South and marching for justice. At a young age, Lynda got involved in the Civil Rights movement in her hometown of Selma, Alabama. Even after she and her friends were jailed for protesting, even being put inside the “sweatbox” where the airless heat was so intense that all the girls passed out, Lynda would not stop in her quest for equal rights. When organizers put together a march for voting rights in Selma, Lynda knew she would be part of it. And even when she was horribly beaten by state troopers in an event called “Bloody Sunday,” Lynda knew that she needed to find the courage to keep going, to keep marching.
If you’ve seen the movie SELMA or are interested in the Civil Rights Movement and Black History, this first-person account of the marches at Selma is definitely something you should pick up.