Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery is an inspiring story about a young girl’s experience fighting for what she felt was her constitutional right.
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery is an inspiring story about a young girl’s experience fighting for what she felt was her constitutional right. Getting arrested nine times before she turned 15 may sound crazy. When you read this book, you will understand why she put her life at stake with many others to fight for the right to vote. As you might have picked up on, she was barely 15 when the march happened and 21 was the voting age during that time. Kids went to marches and advocated for the right to vote because adults could get fired from their jobs for trying to vote.
The march from Selma, Al. to Montgomery, Al. and the Bloody Sunday march were the main events that take place in Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom. Lynda Blackmon was the youngest marcher to march all the way from Selma to Montgomery. Not many people can say that they worked right along side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to ended something so many people believed in.
A nice touch at the end of the book was the words to the songs that were mentioned in the book. It also included the stories of people that were killed during or in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday. Lynda Blackmon also tells readers about her childhood before she got into the civil rights movement.
This book was a ‘quick read’ for me but the concept could be harder for younger readers to truly understand. I recommend this book for girls and boys, ages 10+. The pictures were of the actual events taking place in the book, which helped me picture the story in my head. The illustrations were nicely done and showed what was happening to the kids of this time period.
Overall I recommend this book.