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Interchange – Necessary Trouble: March and The Example of John Lewis


Tonight we discuss the groundbreaking graphic novel series, March, an engaging and award-winning first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. March: Book One spans Lewis’s youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Nashville Student Movement’s battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. The memoir trilogy continues in the newly released March: Book Two, including the 1961 Freedom Rides and the legendary 1963 March on Washington.

Andrew Aydin is the Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C. and co-author of MARCH (two volumes of a trilogy have been published).

Nate Powell is a graphic novelist (and Bloomington resident) whose work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (which won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Original Graphic Novel), The Silence Of Our Friends, and The Year Of The Beasts.

Marilyn Wood is the the Director of the Monroe County Public Library


The Friends of the Library and Monroe County Public Library present:

The Power of Words
with John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
7:30 p.m. on September 21, 2015 at IU Auditorium

Monroe County Public Library and The Friends of the Library are honored to present The Power of Words featuring the authors of March: civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and local artist Nate Powell. The Power of Words is a free, ticketed event and takes place Monday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. in IU Auditorium. This event is co-sponsored with IU Union Board.

“The visit of Congressman John Lewis to Bloomington is especially timely, given the recent 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery march that he co-led, which changed our country’s history. The Library is indebted to our multiple partners for working to ensure that the visit has a long-term, meaningful impact on our community,” said Sally Gaskill, Co-Chair of the 2015 Power of Words.

The Power of Words with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Teaching the Movement: The State Standards We Deserve
Rep. John Lewis’ Speech at the 1963 March on Washington
Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story
John Robert Lewis (brief video biography)
The Comic Book That Changed the World: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story’s vital role in the Civil Rights Movement by Andrew Aydin

“Black, Brown and White” by Big Bill Broonzy
“Mississippi Goddamn” by Nina Simone
“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
“Original Faubus Fables” by Charles Mingus

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

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