Pierce County Reads explored civil rights movement

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Photo by Sandi Villarreal

The powerful words and images of the civil rights movement continue to inspire people of all ages. Pierce County Library System revisits the events and emotions of the civil rights movement this spring with its community program, Pierce County Reads. Through May 11, thousands of people will come together as a community to read this year’s Pierce County Reads selection, award-winning graphic novel trilogy “March” co-authored by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Congressman Lewis of Georgia is one of the key figures of the movement and the only remaining speaker alive from the Big Six Leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington. To share his remarkable story, Lewis joined Aydin and Powell to use a graphic novel format to educate and inspire a new generation.

“The ‘March’ series is a catalyst for discussions about diversity, society and engagement in one’s community, in ways that are both historical and directly relevant to today’s world,” said Pierce County Library’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “This remarkable story is guaranteed to inspire rich discussion throughout our community.”

The program will include a special living history event in University Place. Learn from the inspiring experiences of local residents who were key in the civil rights movement in Pierce County. Speakers include Harold Moss, Tacoma’s first African American mayor; Jim Walton, Tacoma’s first African American city manager; Lyle Quasim, the first African American Department of Social and Health Services head; Rosa Franklin, the first African American woman elected to the Washington State Senate and others.

It will take place at 6 p.m. on April 13 at University Place Pierce County Library, located at 3609 Market Place W., #100.

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