NEW YORK (AP) — The youngest person in the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, demanding voting rights for African-Americans says she still has the scars inflicted by police with attack dogs.
Lynda Blackmon Lowery was 15 when she joined Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of other nonviolent demonstrators in the Civil Rights march through Alabama, from Selma to Montgomery.
She spoke about her experience at the New-York Historical Society on Sunday, a day before the federal holiday marking King’s birthday.
Lowery, who still lives in Selma, authored a memoir titled “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom.”
It comes as a film about the march — “Selma,” produced by Oprah Winfrey —is in theaters and has been nominated for two Oscars, including best picture.
She says everyone has the ability to change things.
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