Durham County Library continues its month-long celebration of Durham Reads Together 2014 with three films and an art discussion scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 11. This year’s Durham Reads Together features “March: Book One” by Congressman John Lewis.
The week begins with a film showing of “Freedom Summer” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Part of the John Hope Franklin Center’s Stanley Nelson Film Series, the screening documents 10 memorable weeks in 1964 when more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi.
The film will be introduced by John Gartrell, Director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University. The question and answer period will be led by Charlie Cobb, a field secretary in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1962-1967. Cobb was instrumental in developing Freedom Schools in Mississippi. This program is co-sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture and UNC-TV.
The next event is a film screening of “February One,” which will be introduced by the film’s producer Rebecca Cerese at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Lane. The film documents one volatile winter in Greensboro that not only challenged public accommodation customs and laws in North Carolina, but served as a blueprint for the wave of nonviolent civil rights protests that swept across the South and the nation throughout the 1960s. This award-winning documentary is based largely on first-hand accounts and rare archival footage. This program is co-sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund and the Museum of Durham History.
On Friday at noon, artist Gail Williams will lead a discussion on the impact of visual images from “March: Book One” at the Bragtown Family Literacy Center, 3200 Dearborn Drive.
The week ends with a screening of White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in American Comic Books, led by writer and producer Dr. Jonathan Gayles, at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St. Gayles will discuss the 40-year evolution of black superheroes in American comic books. He examines how the portrayal of black superheroes is predicated on the longstanding backdrop of American racial history which often portrayed African-American men in overtly negative and stereotypical ways.
Durham Reads Together, sponsored by the Friends of the Durham Library and Durham Library Foundation, invites the entire community to read the same book and attend programs around its theme, inspiring discussions on important issues including race, family, identity, faith, education, culture, music and visual art. “March: Book One,” co-written by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, is a first-hand account of Lewis’ lifelong fight for civil rights, exploring the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. March is rooted in Lewis’ personal story, but also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. The first installation of a trilogy, Book One spans Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement and the battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. Lewis is the Democratic Representative from Georgia’s 5th District.