One Book, One Bedford ~ MARCH: Book Discussion Groups Begin on Friday, October 20

Submitted by the One Book, One Bedford Committee

Central to the “One Book, One Bedford” community read of Representative John Lewis’s graphic-novel trilogy, MARCH, are book discussion groups.We are offering several discussion groups for readers to get together and talk about the form and content of the books, the issues raised by the books, and their personal reactions to the series.

The dates are:

One Book, One Bedford ~ MARCH: Kick-off Events to Feature Discussions of the Graphic Novel Format and the Civil Rights Movement / October 14 and 15

Submitted by The Bedford Citizen’s One Book, One Bedford Committee

The “One Book, One Bedford” community read of Representative John Lewis’s graphic-novel trilogy, MARCH, kicks off next weekend, October 14 and 15, with two events to give all readers solid context for the content and form of the books.

A leader in the civil rights movement, Lewis offers an eyewitness account of non-violent activism, starting with the Freedom Riders (1961), through the March on Washington (1963) and the March from Selma to Montgomery (1965), and concluding with the signing of the Voting Rights Act (1965).

One Book, One Bedford – MARCH ~ Telling the Story

By Meredith McCulloch

“We have to tell the story,” Representative John Lewis says to Andrew Aydin on the last page of his memoir, March. They are leaving the inauguration of Barack Obama, and Lewis is thinking back over the decades of the civil rights movement in which he played a major role – the protests, the marches, the threats and the beatings; the Birmingham bombing, the bridge at Selma, the March on Washington, and finally the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “But you know I was thinking about that comic book idea. We have to tell the story. We have to find a great artist who can make the words sing.”

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