Public Lecture
John Lewis

Free Public Lecture & Book Signing
Featuring the 2016 Literary Award Honoree
John Lewis

Saturday, November 19
10:00 a.m. | Doors Open at 9:15 a.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School
613 17th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. A graduate of American Baptist College and Fisk University, Rep. Lewis was a leader in the Nashville student-led, nonviolent sit-in movement and the Freedom Rides in the early 1960s. He was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington and helped lead the Selma to Montgomery  March as part of the voting rights movement in 1965.

Lewis collaborated with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell on “March,” a graphic novel trilogy that shares Lewis’ remarkable story with new generations. “March” is a vivid firsthand account of Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil rights and human rights.

Book signing will immediately follow the Public Lecture. On-site book sales at a 10% discount for lecture attendees will be provided by Parnassus Books.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. However, please arrive early as seating is first come, first served.

Parking is limited. Public transportation, taxi/Uber/Lyft services or carpooling is recommended.

This event will be handicapped accessible and open captioned.


The Nashville Public Library Literary Award recognizes distinguished authors and other individuals for their contribution to the world of books and reading. Past recipients are Jon Meacham, Scott Turow, Robert K. Massie, Margaret Atwood, John McPhee, Billy Collins, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Irving, Ann Patchett, John Updike, David McCullough and David Halberstam.

The Nashville Public Library Foundation (NPLF) raises private funding to enhance the programs, collections and facilities of the Nashville Public Library.

Nashville Reads is a program of Nashville Public Library in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, NPLF, Humanities Tennessee, BookPage and Parnassus Books, and is a yearly citywide reading initiative to encourage all Nashvillians to read and discuss a great piece of literature.