MARCH: An Evening with Congressman John Lewis, Nate Powell, and Andrew Aydin
Speaking to 85 attendees at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Author’s Reception in the MLK Lounge of the Hale Black Cultural Center, U.S. Congressman John Lewis recounted his life and his experiences during the Civil Rights era. He recalled in particular the meeting between President John F. Kennedy and the Big Six – Dr. Martin Luther King, John Lewis, James Farmer, Roy Wilkins, Phillip Randolph, and Whitney Young – and the decision to march on Washington. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor in the Department of History, led the discussion and Q&A session that followed. Then the Congressman and the audience, including Sweet Honey in the Rock, emjoyed a home-cooked meal.
The evening continued at the Ohio Union with MARCH; An Evening with Congressman John Lewis, Nate Powell, and Andrew Aydin, a discussion about Congressman Lewis’s story as told through his graphic memoir, March. Awarding-winning a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock got things started by getting the capacity crowd up on its feet, clapping and singing along to songs of social justice. Congressman Lewis, who participated in the 1961 Freedom Rides and the Selma to Montgomery marches, hopes his book will inspire another generation to stand up and speak out, stating that no matter who we are, we must enhance the dignity of all humankind. Also speaking at the event was March co-author Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, the artist for the trilogy.
The event was co-sponsored by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; College of Arts and Sciences; The Ohio State University Libraries; The Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise; The Office of Student Life and Student Life Multicultural Center; U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Ohio; Wexner Center for the Arts; Wexner Medical Center; Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; Department of African American and African Studies; and the Moritz College of Law.