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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Turning 15 On the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Turning 15 on the Road to FreedomTurning 15 On the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
Lynda Blackmon was the youngest person to march. She had over thirty stitches from police brutality. We forget the foundation was really a children's movement. We forget what a short time ago that was when not all people had the right to vote. She was inspired by her family, especially her grandmother. We will never forget the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., - steady, loving confrontation.

This book does not stop with the Selma march. It also includes the famous Montgomery march. She was one of only 300 people that was allowed to March all the way to Montgomery. She was the youngest (14), but this is the first time she witnessed whites marching along side them. This even included an amputee on crutches and celebrities such as Tony Bennett.  They sang We Shall Overcome every day. Her favorite song was Woke Up This Morning with My Mind Stayed on Freedom. The combination of actual photographs and compelling illustrations is the perfect combination for this non-fiction book. Her very last acknowledgement is thanking all the brave young children.  

  * Robert F Sibert Award  Honor Book for nonfiction 2016*
                                                   *2017 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee*


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