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  • hand putting ballot in boxFundamentals of Democracy: The Vote, the Right, the Barriers
    April 27, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Location: Main Library, 615 Church Street

    Come join us and our exciting panel of speakers as together we learn about the VOTE and our key roles as citizens. John Lewis said it, knew it, and worked hard to make access to the ballot a reality for all citizens. But what do we really know about the Vote? Why did we need the Voting Rights Act of 1965? Are there still barriers to citizens voting today? If so, what are they and what can we do about it?

    Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Nashville and the Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter.

  • movie poster for Get in The WayNashville Reads Finale: Get in the Way Film Screening and Panel
    May 2, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Location: Main Library Auditorium, 615 Church Street

    Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis is the first documentary biography of John Lewis, civil rights hero, congressional leader and human rights champion whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past fifty years.

    The film tells a highly personalized narrative of an epic chapter in U.S. history and touches audiences deeply, regardless of their race, gender, age, religious, sexual or political preferences. Bringing Lewis’ story into the present, Get in the Way emphasizes his enduring determination to stand up to injustice and discrimination wherever he finds it using strategy, legislation and direct action.

    The hour-long film is followed by a panel discussion moderated by Andrea Blackman, NPL Special Collections Division manager


    Ken Paulson was the first editor of USA Today. He’s the Dean of the College of Media and Entertainment at MTSU and President of the First Amendment Center.

    Dr. Sybril Brown teaches Social Media Reporting, Digital Citizenship, Mass Media & Society and Entrepreneurial Media at Belmont University. Her research focuses on innovation, civility and digital media and she is the author of Innovate: Lessons from the Underground Railroad.

    Andrew Maraniss is the author of Strong inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South. The book became the first sports-related book ever to win two prestigious civil rights awards, the Lillian Smith Book Award and the RFK Book Awards’ special recognition prize.

    Presented in conjunction with Conversations @ NPL.

    Conversations @ NPL aims to stimulate public dialogue surrounding current issues that shape all facets of American history and culture.

    Partners: Foundation; Mayor’s Office, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, and BookPage.

    Nashville Reads is sponsored by the Ingram Content Group.

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Kick-Off Event: John Lewis Public Lecture

In November 2016, John Lewis discussed his New York Times best-selling and 2017 Nashville Reads selection graphic novel trilogy, March, during a free public lecture and book signing at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School. Mr. Lewis is the 2016 recipient of the Nashville Public Library Literary Award.