09/10/2014 02:30 PM
BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, Oct. 21, LSU University College will host noted civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, as well as his co-author Andrew Aydin, for a presentation titled “MARCH with Congressman John Lewis,” in the LSU Student Union Theater at 7 p.m. Prior to the evening presentation, an afternoon book signing with Congressman Lewis and Aydin will be held at LSU Barnes & Noble from 2-3:30 p.m.
Lewis, who represents Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District, is an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents “March,” an award-winning graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell. “March” is a vivid first-hand account of 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.
The first volume, “March: Book One,” spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall. It has been featured on “The Colbert Report” and “The Rachel Maddow Show,” spent weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, and received honors from the Coretta Scott King and Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards.
Doors will open for the Tuesday evening presentation at 6 p.m. Tickets are required, but are free to LSU students, faculty, staff and the general public based on a priority system. All tickets will be general admission seating, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. Seating will be first-come, first-served. At 6:45 p.m., all unclaimed seats will be given to those waiting in the stand-by line.
Ticket availability for “MARCH with Congressman John Lewis” is based on a priority system with highest priority given to students from LSU’s main campus including undergraduate, graduate and veterinary medicine students, since the event is underwritten by University College. Tickets for LSU students are available beginning on Monday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. Students can claim one ticket per individual in person only at the LSU Student Union Theater box office with a current LSU ID. The LSU Student Union Theater box office is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m., faculty and staff from LSU’s main campus can claim one ticket per individual in person with their current LSU ID at the LSU Student Union Theater box office. On Monday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m., students at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, faculty and staff at the LSU AgCenter and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and members of the general public can claim one ticket per individual in person at the LSU Student Union Theater.
Seats cannot be saved for individuals who are not present, so guests who wish to sit
as a group should arrive together. However, group seating is not guaranteed.
Individuals who do not have tickets to the event can begin queuing in the stand-by line at 5 p.m. on the night of the event. Beginning at 6:45 p.m., those in the stand-by line will have the opportunity to fill unused seats.
Individuals with disabilities should contact the LSU Student Union Theater box office at 225-578-5128 at least seven days in advance to address any accommodation concerns.
Filming and photography of the event will be limited to a strict five-minute period at the opening of Lewis’ presentation. At the conclusion of the five-minute period, all video, photography and other recording devices will be prohibited.
For more information, visit LSU University College at www.uc.lsu.edu.
MEDIA NOTE: On the night of the event, there will be no media availability for Lewis, who will be arriving just prior to the event and leaving directly following the event. Filming and photography will be limited to a strict five-minute period at the opening of Lewis’ presentation. At the conclusion of the five-minute period, all video, photography and other recording devices will be prohibited.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014