Nashville Reads is a community-wide reading program that encourages everyone to read a specific book and attend special events and discussions related to the book. The 2017 book selection was March, a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age 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.
Nashville Reads provides reading guides and resources for participants, as well as hosts multiple events during the program. Below is a selection of some events from the 2017 program. Click here to view more.
- Fundamentals of Democracy: The Vote, the Right, the Barriers
April 27, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Main Library, 615 Church Street
A panel of speakers discussing the vote and our key roles as citizens. John Lewis said it, knew it, and worked hard to make access to the ballot a reality for all citizens. This event elaborates on the work of John Lewis and the role of Americans in democracy today.
- Nashville Reads Finale: Get in the Way Film Screening and Panel
May 2, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Main Library Auditorium, 615 Church Street
Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis is the first documentary biography of John Lewis, civil rights hero, congressional leader and human rights champion whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past fifty years. This film screening allows viewers the chance to better understand the time and life of the author of March. There was also an hour long discussion following the screening for participants.