Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

Written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, as told to Elspheth Leacock and Susan Buckley, Illustrated by P.J. Loughran


By the times she was 15, Lynda had been in jail 9 times. In 1963, when the civil rights voting movement started in Selma, Alabama, Lynda was only 13. At first, they considered her too young to join in the protests, so she was the “gopher” sent to get parents. As she got older, she too joined in the sit-ins and protests. One time, she was even imprisoned in a prison camp for 6 days with no one knowing where she and the others were. Through courage and bravery, Lynda and others helped to bring about equal rights. This is her story.

Although the story is a little simplistic, her tale is heartwarming and inspiring. The primary source photographs combined with Lynda’s story provide a unique perspective on a powerful movement. A great addition to any library collection.

Review by Kira Moody, Salt Lake County Library Services
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 7 to 10

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
Written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, as told to Elspheth Leacock and Susan Buckley, Illustrated by P.J. Loughran
Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group
127 pages
Release Date: January 8, 2015

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