UPDATE, March 23—Due to the unpredictability of the American Health Care Act vote, Congressman John Lewis has canceled his appearance in order to remain in Washington. March's co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell will still be in attendance. Schedule:
10:15 a.m. – Doors open to the Hogg Auditorium and book sales begin. Please note: the book signing has been canceled.
11 a.m. – "Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis" documentary screening. Runs for approximately 60 minutes.
Noon – Conversation with co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell about their National Book Award-winning graphic-memoir series, March.
1:15 p.m. – The program concludes
Austin, Texas, March 20, 2017 – Nearly 50 years before the Black Lives Matter movement and 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, a group of prominent black leaders of the Civil Rights Movement called the “Big Six” led a resistance against disenfranchisement, segregation and oppression. Their awe-inspiring activism lives on in a three-part graphic memoir titled “MARCH,” which chronicles the life of Big Six member and U.S. Representative John Lewis (D – Georgia).
Inspired and authored by Rep. Lewis, co-written by congressional aide Andrew Aydin and illustrated by New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell, “MARCH” exposes the fear, fight and freedom won through political engagement.
“We are honored to host Congressman John Lewis, a remarkable icon and lifelong champion of civil discourse. As Congressman Lewis and his fellow authors, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, powerfully illustrate fearlessness, truth and perseverance, we are reminded of all that can be gained through public dialogue and civic engagement.” —Angela Evans, Dean, LBJ School
On Friday, March 24, Rep. Lewis, Aydin and Powell will visit The University of Texas at Austin for a discussion with students, faculty and the community in a special public event hosted by the Warfield Center, LBJ School and LBJ Presidential Library. The conversation will follow a screening of the newly released film "Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis."
The screening will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by an hour-long discussion with the authors at noon in UT’s Hogg Auditorium. Tickets are required for entry, and were made available to the public on March 14 and to UT students on March 20. Copies of “MARCH” will be available for purchase at the event. For information on ticketing, book sales, parking and more, visit BlackStudiesUT.org.
“We are honored to host Congressman John Lewis, a remarkable icon and lifelong champion of civil discourse,” Angela Evans, Dean of the LBJ School, said. “As Congressman Lewis and his fellow authors, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, powerfully illustrate fearlessness, truth and perseverance, we are reminded of all that can be gained through public dialogue and civic engagement.”
Rep. Lewis, Aydin and Powell’s visit coincides with the John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies’ Christian-Green gallery exhibit March ON!, a collection of hand-inked drawings from the award-winning three-volume graphic memoir, as well as photographs, political ephemera and artwork gleaned from the Blanton Museum of Art, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, the Warfield Center and the Austin History Center.
"Christian-Green Gallery and the Warfield Center are proud to host Lewis, Aydin and Powell along with the exhibition March ON. Each honors the democratic potential citizens have to improve our country," said Dr. Cherise Smith, Director of the Warfield Center and Founding Executive Director of Christian-Green Gallery.
In conjunction with the event, the Warfield Center enlisted UT partners and community organizations to provide sets of books to each Austin Independent School District library, as well as libraries within the Austin Public Library system. Supporters include UT’s College of Liberal Arts, The University Libraries, The Harry Ransom Center and Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Humanities Texas, Kirkus Reviews, and the The Austin Public Library Foundation. In all, 500 sets of “MARCH” were donated to libraries and students across Austin.
The Warfield Center is the arts, culture and programming division of the larger Black Studies community at UT Austin. The center supports the research and programmatic initiatives of its faculty affiliates and students, collaborates with local organizations, and encourages creative work that seeks to foster social justice for people of African descent around the world.
The LBJ School, one of the nation’s top public affairs schools, makes a difference, not only within the walls of academia, but also in the public and social dialogue of the world. Contributing viable solutions to society is the LBJ School’s legacy and its benchmark. Its effectiveness in channeling the purpose and passion of students into professional careers is evident in the success of more than 4,000 graduates who are the living legacy of President Johnson’s bold and fearless action. For more, visit http://lbj.utexas.edu/.
The LBJ Presidential Library is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Its mission is to preserve and protect the historical materials in the collections of the Library and make them readily accessible; to increase public awareness of the American experience through relevant exhibits and educational programs; to advance the LBJ Library’s standing as a center for intellectual activity and community leadership while meeting the challenges of a changing world. The Library is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). For more information about the Library, please visit www.lbjlibrary.org.