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Courageous Conversations begins new series Jan. 31

Beginning Jan. 31, the Georgetown Public Library and Courageous Conversations of Georgetown, TX will continue its partnership hosting moderated conversations about race and social justice.

The series of conversations will use “March,” a three-volume graphic memoir by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, as a basis for discussions modeled on The Red Bench program developed by Interfaith Action of Central Texas.

“March” is Lewis’ firsthand account of his experiences during the Civil Rights movement. “March: Book One” explores Lewis’ childhood in rural Alabama, Lewis meeting Martin Luther King Jr., the Nashville Student Movement and the lunch counter sit-ins. “March: Book Two” focuses on Lewis’ participation in the Freedom Riders campaign and his leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. “March: Book Three” follows Lewis’ continued leadership of SNCC through the Mississippi Freedom Summer and Freedom vote initiatives, and his involvement in civil rights efforts in Selma, Alabama. Copies of all three books are available for checkout at the library.

“We selected ‘March’ for its civil rights ties to John Lewis and the graphic novel form as an appeal to our Georgetown youth, all in the hopes of helping to create a beloved community,” said Jaquita Wilson a member of Courageous Conversations of Georgetown, TX.

Moderators will facilitate small table discussions of topics addressed in each volume of the memoir Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21. The series will conclude Feb. 28 with a screening of the documentary “Good Hair” followed by a brief discussion. No discussion will take place Feb. 14.

Registration is not required, and all events are free and open to the public.

Visit library.georgetown.org or www.courageousconvogtx.com for more information.

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