- Lynda Blackmon–Lowery is the subject of the acclaimed book, "Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom.”
- She was the youngest person to complete the whole entire historic “Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March of 1965.”
- The attack by state troopers on peaceful marchers and the subsequent successfully completed march gained so much national & international attention it helped persuade passage of meaningful & historically effective Civil Rights Legislation that changed the United States of America, inspiring subsequent human rights movements worldwide.
- During what became know as “Bloody Sunday,” Lynda Blackmon Lowery was beaten on the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridgein Selma, Alabama.
- "They grabbed the front of my lapel… I heard that horrible n-word… I felt him hit me twice," she recalls of the attack upon peaceful Civil Rights Movement marchers, which meant 7 stitches over her right eye and a scar, and also 28 stitches in the back of her head and she still has a knot there too.
- However, that didn't stop her from joining Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and being one of only 300 people that successfully marched all the way from “Selma To Montgomery.”
- She was only 14 years old when the March began and had her 15th Birthday along the way.
- The public revulsion to the violence like the beating of Lynda Blackmon Lowery on the Edmund Pettus Bridge were huge factors that lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Acton August 5, 1965, which ended prejudicial literacy tests and many other discriminatory restrictions.
- The Law had an immediate impact, by the end of 1965 a quarter of a million new black voters had been registered, one-third by Federal Examiners.
- By the end of 1966, only 4 out of the 13 southern states had fewer than 50 percent of African-Americans registered to vote and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was readopted and strengthened in 1970, 1975, and 1982.
- This historic true story of Lynda Blackmon Lowery told in the book, “Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom,” has now been turned into an awesome musical play toured Nationally and will be Off-Broadwayin 2022.
- Today Lynda Blackmon Lowery says, "I would like for young people to know that each day of your life is a journey into history, you have the ability to change something each day of your life. Believe it or not, it can't happen without you.”