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Youngest participant in 1965 Selma march speaks out a day before Martin Luther King holiday

  • Lynda Blackmon Lowery speaks during a pre-Martin Luther King Day appearance at the New York Historical Society, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in New York. Blackmon, who spoke about her memoir "Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom," was the youngest person to join Martin Luther King Jr. for the nonviolent 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Lynda Blackmon Lowery speaks during a pre-Martin Luther King Day appearance at the New York Historical Society, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in New York. Blackmon, who spoke about her memoir "Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom," was the youngest person to join Martin Luther King Jr. for the nonviolent 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lynda Blackmon Lowery, right, poses for a photo with Olivia Ruiz, of the Calhoun School, during a pre-Martin Luther King Day appearance at the New York Historical Society, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in New York. Blackmon, who spoke about her memoir "Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom," was the youngest person to join Martin Luther King Jr. for the nonviolent 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Lynda Blackmon Lowery, right, poses for a photo with Olivia Ruiz, of the Calhoun School, during a pre-Martin Luther King Day appearance at the New York Historical Society, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in New York. Blackmon, who spoke about her memoir "Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom," was the youngest person to join Martin Luther King Jr. for the nonviolent 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lynda Blackmon Lowery speaks during an appearance at the New York Historical Society, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in New York. At 15, Blackmon was the youngest person to join Martin Luther King Jr. for the nonviolent 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Lynda Blackmon Lowery speaks during an appearance at the New York Historical Society, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in New York. At 15, Blackmon was the youngest person to join Martin Luther King Jr. for the nonviolent 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

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.