Broadcasts to Promote “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom”

AllySheedyThursday, February 11, 11:05AM – Northeast Public Radio, WAMC – 90.3 FM
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Hear Ally Sheedy, director of “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom”, Thursday, February 11, beginning at 11:05am on Northeast Public Radio, WAMC – 90.3 FM. She’ll be joined by actress Damaras Obi who plays the lead (and only role) in the production and Lynda Blackmon Lowery, author of the book of the same name.

“Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom” is the story of a young girl who took part in the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama during the tumultuous 1960s. Beaten and arrested more than 9 times by her 15th birthday, Ms. Lowery is now eager to tell her story to young people – hopefully encouraging them to become activists and help make changes to their communities, their country, and the world.

Ms. Sheedy adapted the book into a stage production, which includes sound recordings of actual events during the era’s sit-ins, freedom rides, demonstrations and marches.

Thursday, February 11, 4:10PM – WGXC – 90.7 FM
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Then, in the afternoon, hear Hudson Area Library Programming Committee members Miranda Barry and Pamela Badila at 4:05pm on WGXC – 90.7 FM. They will be joined by members of Perfect Ten After School – young women who have been studying the Civil Rights movement after reading Ms. Lowery’s book. Together with hosts Ellen Thurston and Tom DePietro, they will discuss their take on Civil Rights and how this book has affected them.

The play will be performed at the MC Smith Intermediary School, 102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, on Saturday, February 13 at 3pm. Prior to the production, the Hudson High School Choir will perform songs from the time period. The printed program will include photographs of that era along with brief captions describing the activities. Admission is suggested at $10.00 per person. It is a benefit for the Hudson Area Library.

Civil Rights – A Uniting Topic

CivilRightsMovementShowAndTellMore than 40 people attended “Civil Rights – Show and Tell” last Thursday evening. With participants of every race and culture – as well as every age bracket, it was a crowd representative of the broad diversity in the Hudson community. Besides tales told by several former activists in attendance, there was a 2-minute video by the acclaimed Civil Rights photographer James H. Peppler of Greene County. Unable to attend, he sent a composite “memory” of the 1960s uprisings including images of Dr. King, Robert Kennedy, the Selma march, Ralph Abernathy and others.

Included in the group were several young High School students. Many noted that they had never put a “face” to the individuals who had participated. After hearing stories from several who were involved in moving the Civil Rights movement forward, one student thanked those who had been involved.

Many thanks to Dan Udell, who graciously recorded the event for us and has made it available for viewing online.

The evening was held in advance of a performance scheduled for next Saturday, February 13 at 3pm. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom is a one-woman show recounting the struggles of 14-year-old Lynda Blackmon while she participated in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The event takes place at M.C. Smith Intermediary School, 102 Harry Howard Avenue. Suggested donation for tickets is $10.00 for adults. Children are admitted free. There are no advance reservations. Proceeds will benefit the library.

Civil Rights in the 60s – Participate in our “Show and Tell”


The 1960s was a tumultuous era of marches, sit-ins, freedom rides, boycotts and rallies. Many of those who participated may have been living in our community, or later migrated here. Were YOU involved?

The Hudson Area Library is hosting a discussion for those who took part, or have first-hand knowledge of these events. We want to be a forum for those in our community to share information. Please bring photos, clippings and mementos of your involvement in the movement to the library on Thursday, February 4 at 6pm. You will be able to take them home afterwards! Please call to let us know you’re coming. 518.828.1792. We want to make sure we have enough chairs!
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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

Turning15-Final2 -HRLynda Blackmon was one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. Now her story, Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, has been adapted for the stage by actress and director, Ally Sheedy.

“I would like for young people to know that each day of your life is a journey into history,” Lowery told National Public Radio’s commentator, Arun Rath. “You have the ability to change something each day of your life. Believe it or not, people, it can’t happen without you.”

The performance, starring Damaras Obi, a senior acting student from the Fiorello LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and the Performing Arts, will be performed on Saturday, February 13 at 3pm at the MC Smith Intermediate School in Hudson. Ms. Sheedy and Mrs. Lowery will both be in attendance and will follow up the performance with live discussion. A donation of $10.00 per person is suggested. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.

The project is presented by the Loire Valley Theatre Festival, Miranda Barry, Producer, with support from the Martha Boeschen Porter Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Galvan Foundation, the David Murphy Charitable Fund, the Hudson River Bank and Trust, the Hudson City School District.