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Livermore Reads Together 2021: MARCH

Livermore Reads Together (LRT) is a community reading program featuring the powerful graphic novel series MARCH, co-written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell. The community of Livermore is invited to read all three volumes of MARCH and join their neighbors by participating in programs and virtual events related to the books. Library events  (see schedule below) will include a panel conversation on racism, a virtual screening of the documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble, a presentation by Livermore Shakespeare Festival volunteers, and a special LRT-themed poetry event featuring Livermore Poet Laureate Cynthia J. Patton and guests. Additional programs include a Black Lives Matter sign-making craft for youth and teens, and a discussion by artist, author, and researcher, Danièle Archambault, PhD, on the history and importance of graphic novels. For more details on all LRT programs and events, please visit the library’s events calendar or call (925) 373-5505.

Copies of all three volumes of MARCH are available to check out through the Livermore Public Library’s curbside pickup service. eBook copies are also available to download.

About the MARCH trilogy
Congressman John Lewis (Georgia's 5th congressional district) was an American icon, and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence took him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from being beaten by state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African American president.

To share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis created MARCH, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).

MARCH is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, MARCH reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

MARCH: Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 graphic novel Martin Luther King the Montgomery Story. Lewis’ graphic novels bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.


Events Schedule:

  • Panel Conversation on Racism
    Monday, February 1, 6:30 p.m., on Zoom
    Award-Winning Author Tina Jones Williams will co-moderate this program with Librarian Paul Sevilla. Submit discussion questions to lib@livermore.lib.ca.us with “Questions for the Panel Discussion on Racism” in the subject line. Access this link to attend the program: https://zoom.us/j/92764717480 

  • MARCH Conversation + Q&A
    Tuesday, February 2, 6:00 p.m., on Zoom
    The featured Livermore Reads Together titles are the powerful graphic novel series MARCH, co-written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell. Please join the Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell for a talk and Question/Answer session about MARCH. The event is online via Zoom. Access link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96234566012 

  • MARCH Readers Theater presented by Livermore Shakespeare Festival Volunteers
    Monday, February 8, 7 p.m., on Zoom
    Access this link to attend the program: https://zoom.us/j/95883723655 

  • Virtual Film Screening of John Lewis: Good Trouble (PG, 2020, Documentary)
    Wednesday, February 10, 7 p.m. - Thursday, February 11, 7 p.m.
    Registration is required to receive a link to view the film online. Registered individuals will receive 48-hour access to a virtual screening room to watch the film. Register here: https://bit.ly/3fgq9XN 

  • Why Read Graphic Novels? 
    Tuesday, February 16, 7 p.m., on Zoom
    A Talk by Artist, Author, and Researcher Danièle Archambault, PhD, Access this link to attend the program: https://zoom.us/j/92229778982 

  • John Lewis: Good Trouble Film Discussion
    Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m., on Zoom
    Join Livermore Public Library staff members Reuben Ramirez and Paul Sevilla for a lively discussion of Good Trouble. Registration is required to receive the link to this Zoom meeting. Register here: https://bit.ly/37gT9eg 

  • Poetry Reading with Livermore Poet Laureate Cynthia J. Patton and Guests
    Monday, February 22, 7 p.m. (Pacific Time), on Zoom
    Poet Laureate Cynthia J. Patton and guest poets will read poetry on the themes of social and racial justice. Access this link to attend the program: https://zoom.us/j/93351324816 

  • Virtual Film Screening of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (2019, Documentary)
    Wednesday, February 24, 7 p.m.
    Pushout is a feature-length documentary which takes a close look at the educational, judicial, and societal disparities facing black girls. Inspired by the groundbreaking book of the same name by renowned scholar, Monique W. Morris, EdD, the documentary confronts the ways in which the misunderstanding of black girlhood has led to excessive punitive discipline which in turn disrupts one of the most important factors in their lives, their education.

    Registration is required. Registered individuals will receive a link to view the film online. Register here: https://bit.ly/333akie 

Livermore Reads Together 2021 is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Public Library. For more information about this and other library programs, see the website calendar or call (925) 373-5505.