Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story on the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story on the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
Written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Illustrated by PJ Loughran

Lynda Blackmon Lowery recounts her experiences as the youngest marcher on the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Primary Source Pairing:
The primary sources for this title are abundant. The image above shows the strength in numbers the people marching from Selma to Montgomery had. The photo caption reads: “In this 1965 file photo, a line of police officers hold back demonstrators who attempted to march to the courthouse in Selma, Ala. Police kept the demonstrators hemmed up in a square block area where they attempted several times to break through.” Source

Additional pairings include news footage, newspaper articles, maps, and clips from the 2014 Selma movie.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What people and objects are shown?
  • How are they arranged?
  • What is the physical setting?
  • What other details can you see?
  • How does this image make you feel?
  • What can you learn from examining this image?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Image of the March: The Dispatch

For additional information on the march, view the Selma March Map: BSU Maps