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SELMA: A MLK Foot Soldier Tells Her Story of Being 15 and Beaten on Bloody Sunday



Lynda Lowery was only 13 when she started training in Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent philosophies during the Civil Rights Movement in Selma, AL. She went to jail nine times in just three months in the early months of 1965 for participating in protests with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). At 15, she marched atop the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965, the historic and tragic day known as Bloody Sunday. She was beaten and tear-gassed. Her determination, however, prevailed. She went on to complete the Selma-to-Montgomery march, led by Martin Luther King Jr., which precipitated the passing of the Voting Rights Act. She was the youngest protester to complete the entire 5-day, 54-mile Freedom March.

I produced this radio piece using audio recorded at a small church gathering in Selma, AL on March 17, 2015.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]