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Signature Lectures: Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, John Lewis Tribute
November 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Who: Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, co-author and illustrator of John Lewis’s “March” trilogy; moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Location: Richard B. Russell Building, Special Collections Library, Room 285
Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis joined the Civil Rights Movement and became one of the founding figures of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while attending Fisk University. With SNCC, Lewis led and participated in peaceful protests against segregation, including sit-ins at segregated lunch counters and Freedom Rides on buses crossing state lines in the South during the early 1960s. Lewis’ activism continued in Congress, where he represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for over 30 years. Hoping to reach a new generation, Lewis wrote a graphic novel series alongside Andrew Aydin with illustrations by Nate Powell. Aimed at young adults, “March” detailed his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. The series garnered critical acclaim, with the final installment receiving the National Book Award in 2016 and a Coretta Scott King Book Award in 2017.
Sponsored by UGA Libraries, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library