For the past three years we have participated in the Vermont Humanities Council program Vermont Reads with great success, bringing people of all ages together to read, discuss, learn and create. The 2019 book is the graphic novel March: Book One, the first in a trilogy by civil rights icon John Lewis in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Ayden and graphic artist Nate Powell. It tells the story of Lewis’s coming of age in rural Alabama and early life of civic activism. Lewis, who was greatly inspired and influenced by Martin Luther King Jr., is considered one of the big six leaders of the civil rights movement and an early adopter of the nonviolent protest tactics that were instrumental in the desegregation of the South. Lewis has served in the US Congress since 1987. Thanks to a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council we have many copies of March: Book One on hand to distribute to the community. Come by and pick up a copy.
We are thrilled to be working with the Peace and Justice Center to bring three dynamic programs to the Richmond community, each of them designed to explore the themes in March and increase participants’ working knowledge of nonviolent activism. These programs are free and open to the general public. Call or email the library for more information or to register. Registration is not required but is appreciated.
Learning Nonviolence: The Children’s March Enjoy a simple soup and bread meal at the library followed by a program for families. Participants will watch and discuss excerpts from Mighty Times: The Children’s March, a film about the 1963 actions in Birmingham to learn about Kingian Nonviolence and the power of working together to take on big problems as a whole community. Appropriate for age 8 through adult. Join us on Friday, March 15, 5:30-7:30 pm in the community room. Bring your own bowl and spoon.
Learning Nonviolence: Lunch Counter Sit-In This interactive theatrical event is a simulation of the year 1960. An African American college student is conducting a training session for people interested in joining a sit-in to protest racial segregation. The student speaks about protests and coaches members of the audience in the philosophy and tactics of nonviolent action. Appropriate for age 10 through adult. Join us on Thursday, April 11, 7-8 pm in the community room.
Learning Nonviolence: Activism 101 Participants will learn aspects of Kingian Nonviolence, build knowledge of successful nonviolent campaigns, explore how their own identities impact this work, and engage in role play. Designed to help unlock ways to work towards social justice and peace without perpetuating cycles of violence. Appropriate for age 14 through adult. Join us on Tuesday, May 7, 7-9 pm in the community room.