TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM

 

TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom- a new musical filled with traditional and original Gospel and Freedom songs, tells the moving and inspiring true story of Lynda Blackmon, the youngest person to walk all the way from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on the Voting Rights March in 1965. Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, Lynda and her friends and neighbors fought alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African Americans.

Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club, High Art, Psych), adapted the award-winning memoir by Lynda Blackmon Lowery (Dial Press, 2016) for the stage. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom is directed by Fracaswell Hyman.  The Music Director is Joshuah Brian Campbell, 2020 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee for “Stand Up” (Harriet). Producers are Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Miranda Barry, Amy Sprecher, Voza Rivers and the New Heritage Theatre Group.

This performance will conclude with a Q&A from LYNDA BLACKMON LOWERY. 

Lynda Blackmon LoweryMs. Blackmon began her civil rights activism in Selma, Alabama, in the early 60s, when the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activists organized Lowery and other area children and teenagers to participate in the civil rights movement. She marched on “Bloody Sunday” and “Turn Around Tuesday,” and is the youngest marcher to walk every step of the successful March from Selma to Montgomery. Mrs. Lowery’s early involvement in the struggle against prejudice has been the foundation for her civil and human rights work throughout her life. She retired as Senior Case Manager at Cahaba Metal Health in Selma and is the author of Turning 15 on The Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley.

 

 

 

SPONSORED BY

FAIRFIELD BY MARRIOTT

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