Selma’s Youngest Marcher, Lynda Blackmon Lowery Reveals What It Was Like To Change The World As A Teen

#TeamBeautiful got the chance to listen to a talk given by author and youngest Selma marcher, Lynda Blackmon. Her story is beautifully tragic and uplifting.

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It’s been 51 years since the groundbreaking marches in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama took place. The people from that era who are alive and willing to speak on the civil rights movement are literally walking encyclopedias on what it’s like to fight for freedom against the circumstance of adversity. One of those pillars of knowledge and experience is Lynda Blackmon Lowery, recorded as the youngest participant in the Selma marches. She was thirteen to fifteen in her early years of activism and her memoir Turning 15 On The Road to Freedom is a valuable first-hand account. The book arrives as theAva DuVernay film Selma re-opens our hearts and minds to the battles that civil rights leaders and participants endured and now, the #BlackLivesMatters marches have become the millennial response to laws and the judicial system not responding efficiently or fairly to racially motivated deaths and crimes.

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