Monday, August 24th @ 6:30pm via Zoom
Join us for this special Zoom book discussion with author Mike D’Orso as he discusses working with the late Congressman John Lewis on this memoir. Pick up the book curbside starting Friday, August 7th.
Registration is necessary and can be made by calling WPL (620-221-4470) or through WPL’s online events calendar.
This book is a gripping first-hand account of the fight for civil rights and the courage it takes to change a nation.
In 1957, a teenaged boy named John Lewis left a cotton farm in Alabama for Nashville, the epicenter of the struggle for civil rights in America. Lewis’s adherence to nonviolence guided that critical time and established him as one of the movement’s most charismatic and courageous leaders. Lewis’s leadership in the Nashville Movement—a student-led effort to desegregate the city of Nashville using sit-in techniques based on the teachings of Gandhi—set the tone for major civil rights campaigns of the 1960s. Lewis traces his role in the pivotal Selma marches, Bloody Sunday, and the Freedom Rides. Inspired by his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis’s vision and perseverance altered history. In 1986, he ran and won a congressional seat in Georgia, [and kept that office until his death at age 80]. – simonandschuster.com