This month, the FFL Book Club meets to discuss the graphic novel March: Book One. It is the Vermont Humanities Council Vermont Reads selection for 2019. March: Book One is the first of a trilogy written by civil rights icon John Lewis, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and award-winning graphic artist Nate Powell.
Lewis was chairman of the Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was considered one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement. He has served in the US Congress since 1987 and was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2011.
Book One tells of Lewis’s childhood in rural Alabama, his desire as a young man to be a preacher, his life-changing interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nonviolent sit-ins he joined at lunch counters in Nashville as a means of undermining segregation.
This discussion will be facilitated by Ebony Nyoni, Director of Vermont Black Lives Matter. Books for the event have been provided by the Vermont Humanities Council.
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Main Desk.