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Durham Reads Together strengthens the community through a biennial celebration of reading. Reading the same book, and attending programs around its theme, inspires the Durham community to discuss important issues, including race, family, identity, faith, education, culture, music and visual art.

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
Saturday, October 4, 2014
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Free and open to the public

Durham Marches Together
Main Library, Durham NC

Join us for a unity march that celebrates Durham’s history and progress on civil rights. We will march from the Main Library to the new Civil Rights Mural, which is located beside the Durham Arts Council. A short rally will welcome Congressman John Lewis and his co-author Andrew Aydin and kick off Durham Reads Together. The mural depicts scenes of Durham’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

Rain or shine.

As with the original March on Washington in 1963, we will be focusing on unity for this march by providing official signage to the participants.

We ask that you join us in carrying a Durham Reads Together sign featuring an image from Congressman Lewis’ book. As we are a County department, please note that partisan and/or overtly political messages will not be displayed.

Where to meet: Please gather at the front of the library on Roxboro St.

Parking: Please do not park in the library lot. There is parking for the march in the County lot on across the street from the library on Liberty St.

DRT March MapClick image for larger map of parking and meeting place.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Durham Reads Together Kickoff
B.N. Duke Auditorium, North Carolina Central University, Durham NC

Join Congressman John Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin for a reading and discussion of Lewis’ graphic memoir, March: Book One. March is a vivid first-hand account of Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, a contemporary meditation on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader Civil Rights Movement. March: Book One was the winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. It is a Reader’s Digest Graphic Novel that Every Grown-Up Should Read. It was a New York Times and Washington Post bestseller and an American Library Association Notable Book. A book signing will follow the reading.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

$75 per person

Dessert Reception with Congressman John Lewis
Hill House, Durham NC

A Fundraiser presented by Durham Library Foundation

Join Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin for a dessert reception at Hill House. Meet Congressman Lewis in one of the most historic homes in Durham, John Sprunt Hill’s elegant mansion. Durham Library Foundation is in the midst of a $1.5 million dollar campaign for the library. The campaign will help to purchase a new bookmobile, enhance humanities programming and expand the local history archives. Sponsored by North Carolina Mutual Insurance Agency and Mechanics and Farmers Bank. $75.00 per ticket.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Durham Remembers Together
Hayti Heritage Center, Durham NC

Join Congressman John Lewis and Frank Stasio, host of WUNC’s The State of Things, for a conversation about the March on Washington and the Civil Rights Movement, past and present. Those who attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom will be recognized at the program. This event is co-sponsored by the Hayti Heritage Center. A book signing will follow the event.


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