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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — At age 15, Lynda Blackmon Lowery marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama, to help change the South.

“The white people that I knew called you the N-word, called my dad (who owned a taxi cab company) a ‘boy,'” Lowery told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving.

“If I hadn’t have met different people, I probably would have grown up being a very hateful, militant, angry person and never would have been the person that I am now,” she said.

Lowery went on to become a college graduate, a mental health worker and the author of the book “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom.”

She returned to live in her hometown of Selma.

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