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Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Lynda Blackmon Lowery (b 1950, USA) was the youngest participant in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965, fighting alongside Martin Luther King, Jr to secure the right to vote for African-Americans.

She documented her experiences in Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, in collaboration with journalists Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley. This was chosen as one of the Kirkus Best Books of 2015, and as a Booklist Editors’ Choice.

Lowery still lives in Selma, where she works full-time as a case manager at a mental health centre.

The plain-spoken language of this memoir makes it all the more moving … [An] inspiring personal story illuminates pivotal events in America’s history.

Carolyn Phelan, Booklist, on Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

Vivid details and the immediacy of Lowery’s voice make this a valuable primary document as well as a pleasure to read.

Kirkus Reviews on Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
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