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Durham County Library Presents Durham Reads Together 2014: Final Week

Program: Durham Reads Together: Final Week

Dates: Oct. 26-30

Days/Times/Locations:

Sunday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m.
The Comic Book that Changed the World
Southwest Regional, 3605 Shannon Rd.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
No Way Tired: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
Stanford L. Warren, 1201 Fayetteville St.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
We Who Believe in Freedom: The Next Civil Rights Generation
Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library concludes its month-long celebration of Durham Reads Together 2014 with a presentation, concert and panel discussion scheduled Sunday, October 26 through Thursday, October 30. This year’s Durham Reads Together features March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis.

The week’s activities begin with the program “The Comic Book that Changed the World” by Andrew Aydin, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd. Aydin, co-author of March: Book One, will talk about the comic book that inspired John Lewis to write March. Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story was published in December 1957 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. This comic inspired Lewis and many other young activists to join the movement and use the principles of nonviolence to battle racial discrimination. The comic has a long history of inspiring activists and has been used in South Africa, Uruguay, Vietnam, Egypt and Latin America. This program is co-sponsored by Comics Fest and the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Jazz vocalist Lois Deloatch will present an evening of song with “No Way Tired: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, at the Stanford L. Warren Branch, 1201 Fayetteville St. Deloatch has headlined concerts throughout the United States and internationally. She is noted for her rich contralto voice and expansive repertoire, which melds sacred, secular, traditional and contemporary music. She has received numerous awards for her talent and community service including the Shirley Caesar Community Service Award, Indy Arts Award and an Emerging Artist Award. Deloatch will be accompanied by renowned guitarist Scott Sawyer. A CD sale will follow the concert.

The month concludes with a panel presentation, “We Who Believe in Freedom: The Next Civil Rights Generation,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 at Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will moderate a panel of young activists who are continuing the Civil Rights Movement in the 21st century as they work for voting rights, queer liberation, birth justice, gender justice, immigrant rights and the end of the school to prison pipeline. Gumbs is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind and the co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming project. The young activists on the panel include Monserrat Alvarez Matehuala, Qasima Wideman, Eden Segbefia and Matthias Pressley. Matehuala serves as the Associate Director of the Youth Organizing Institute and will be graduating from NC State University in December. Wideman works with the Youth Organizing Institute and NC Queer Youth Power Coalition. Segbefia is an eighth grader at Brogden Middle School and John Hope Franklin Scholar who is interested in birth rights. Pressley is a graphic designer and community organizer who currently works with Southerner’s on New Ground (S.O.N.G.).

Durham Reads Together, sponsored by the Friends of the Durham Library and Durham Library Foundation, invites the entire community to read the same book and attend programs around its theme, inspiring discussions on important issues including race, family, identity, faith, education, culture, music and visual art. March: Book One, co-written by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, is a first-hand account of Lewis’ lifelong fight for civil rights, exploring the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. March is rooted in Lewis’ personal story, but also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. The first installation of a trilogy, Book One spans Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement and the battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. Lewis is the Democratic Representative from Georgia’s 5th District.

A complete listing of Durham Reads Together programs and events can be found at durhamreadstogether.org. For more information call Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or grozier@dconc.gov

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