Discuss “March” by John Lewis in new fall series

This fall, join us for a three-part virtual series in which we’ll read and discuss the March graphic novel trilogy by John Lewis.

We’ll use a circle format to discuss the work of the late civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman (D-Ga.) John Lewis, and reflect together on the impact of civil rights movements today.

This honest, anti-racist discussion is recommended for ages 11 and up.

Register for virtual circle discussions

Please join us and register for any or all events in this three-part series held on Zoom:

  • Book 1: Tuesday, October 26, 7-8:30 pm
  • Book 2: Tuesday, November 16, 7-8:30 pm
  • Book 3: Tuesday, December 7, 7-8:30 pm

Join circles with adults & students in middle school, high school & college

Each month, participants will join together for a presentation, followed by intergenerational peace circle sessions in separate breakout rooms.

Circles give all participants an equal opportunity to speak, listen, and be heard. Learn more about how circles are used at the library and in the community »

Adults and students from Dominican University, Oak Park and River Forest High School, and Julian & Brooks middle schools will facilitate these family and community circles. 

‘Adults new to this scene will be inspired by our middle schoolers’

Read what Brooks Middle School teachers Nichelle Stigger and Katy Alejos have to say about the series »

Early Childhood Community Engagement Coordinator Nora Sanchez delivered copies of the book to Brooks Middle School in September.

Get the graphic novels

You can place a hold on print and digital versions from the library. And you can instantly download copies through Hoopla.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact us for a free copy to keep (supply limited).

And a big thank you to Oak Park bookstore The Book Table for offering a 10 percent discount on the books for discussion participants.

About the trilogy

From the catalog: “[The March graphic novel trilogy] is 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.”

Read more in the catalog »

A community collaboration

This series is made possible with the support of Oak Park Elementary School District 97, Oak Park and River Forest High School, the E-Team of Oak Park, Dominican University’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) group, the Township of Oak Park, and the Oak Park Public Library.​

It builds on last year’s collaboration in which all Oak Park middle schoolers in District 97 read and discussed Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and the library and E-Team led a three-session series of family and community discussion circles. Read more about last year’s collaboration »