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.