Date(s) - 10/15/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Multipurpose Room at Town Hall
The Civil Rights Era
SPEAKER: Professor Dan Breen
October 15, 2:00 pm, in the Multipurpose Room at Town Hall
In MARCH: BOOK ONE, John Lewis describes the events that led him, at grave personal risk, to oppose the murderous cruelty of southern segregation in the 1950s. This lecture will offer a glimpse into the immensity of the obstacles Lewis and others would face as they took that system on, not only by describing the system of Jim Crow into which Lewis was born but also by tracing some of the earlier efforts by African-Americans to challenge it. Professor Breen is a regular lecturer at BFPL on a wide range of topics in history.Dr. Daniel Breen is a professor of Legal Studies at Brandeis University. He has led many history discussion series at BFPL, including series on World War I, World War II, the Great Depression, the American Revolution, Prohibition, Supreme Court cases, and the Civil War. Dr. Breen has both a JD from the University of Georgia and a PhD in History from Boston College.
The Bedford Citizen is sponsoring a “One Book, One Bedford” community-reading program of John Lewis’s graphic-novel trilogy MARCH, co-written by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. The trilogy covers Lewis’s youth in rural Alabama, his young adulthood as student activist, and his leadership as one of the “Big Six” in the Civil Rights Movement. The program will feature workshops and lectures, book discussion groups, a screening of the film SELMA, and programs for children and young adults as well. All events will run in October and November 2017.
You can learn more about the whole March series at http://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/march/