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 circulate 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 should be heroes. Jailed 9 occasions earlier than her 15th birthday, Lowery fought along Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. during this memoir, she indicates contemporary younger readers what it potential to struggle nonviolently (even while the police are utilizing violence, as within the Bloody Sunday protest) and the way it felt to be a part of altering American history.

common and encouraging, this fantastically illustrated memoir brings readers into the center of the Civil Rights circulate, complementing universal middle school room studying and bringing heritage alive for younger readers.

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So it used to be white citizens who elected Governor George Wallace. His slogan used to be “Segregation now, segregation the next day, segregation eternally! ” White voters elected our mayor Joe Smitherman, one other segregationist. and so they elected Sheriff Jim Clark—one of the meanest segregationists round. All of the reason is,, time after time, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. known as out “Give us the poll! ” As he positioned it, “So lengthy as I do not . . . own the correct to vote, i don't own myself. i will not make up my mind—it is made up for me. i will not dwell as a democratic citizen, gazing the legislation i've got helped to enact—I can in simple terms undergo the edict of others. ” He referred to as our all-white executive “democracy became the wrong way up. ” the reason is, I went to prison and marched for the ideal to vote. the reason is, I had a good time whilst the vote casting Rights Act was once handed in 1965. And why, the day I grew to become twenty-one (the balloting age again then), I registered to vote. It was once an excellent feeling, registering, yet for me to have that feeling, many folks had paid a excessive cost. The balloting rights move begun in Selma earlier than i used to be even born. there has been a bunch of individuals so courageous, they have been referred to as the brave 8. certainly one of them, Amelia Boynton, had this gigantic check in her workplace that stated A VOTELESS humans IS A HOPELESS humans. and that i think that, i actually do. It took great decision to win the correct to vote. you understand how i used to be crushed and terrified. Many others have been too. yet 3 humans misplaced their lives within the days ahead of and after Bloody Sunday. They have been murdered—and one pal disappeared. those are their tales: bear in mind JIMMIE LEE JACKSON—the guy who died whereas we have been in reformatory? He was once the youngest deacon of his church, a military veteran, and decided to vote. He attempted to sign in persistently again—for 4 years. at the evening of February 18, he marched for that correct, and for freedom of speech. (One of the movement’s leaders was once in penitentiary for talking out. ) With Jackson have been his mom, his eighty-two-year-old grandfather, and a few 400 others—all unarmed. The marchers have been worried since it used to be evening and there have been extra police than ordinary. either police and kingdom soldiers have been there. Even Sheriff Jim Clark from Selma used to be there. they'd weapons, golf equipment, and people electrical farm animals prods prepared. whilst the streetlights went out, they attacked, beating the boys, girls, formative years, elders, even the clicking. many folks attempted to run to the church for safeguard, yet they have been blocked by means of extra police. so that they rushed into neighborhood houses or businesses—anywhere they can break out. Jimmie Lee Jackson bumped into a bit café. There he attempted to defend his grandfather (who used to be badly overwhelmed) and his mom from the police. yet a trooper shot Jimmie Lee Jackson within the abdominal. He attempted to run, however the soldiers and endured to overcome him till he fell to the floor. He died 8 days later. Jimmie Lee Jackson used to be twenty-six years outdated and the daddy of a tender daughter. REVEREND REEB was once a Unitarian minister from Boston, a white guy, who got here to Selma the Monday evening after Bloody Sunday.

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