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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Book Summary

This is the story of the youngest marcher in the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, and the broader U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom book cover
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

My grandmother used to say that if you give in to something, if you give someone or something control over you, then you've given up yourself." p.81

Book Review

Straightforward and direct in style, many readers will appreciate this first-hand account of this time period in U.S. history. The book is fairly short and includes a number of photographs, as well as some illustrations. Some of the material is disturbing; the book does not flinch away from the ugliness of the time period.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Autobiography / Memoir
  • 1960s U.S. Civil Rights Movement
  • Peaceful Demonstration
  • Taking a Stand; Protesting Injustice
  • Growing Up

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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