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MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressman John Lewis to visit Morse High School with co-creators of “March: Book One” to discuss their graphic novel

MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressman John Lewis to visit Morse High School with co-creators of “March: Book One” to discuss their graphic novel
Posted on 09/20/2018

Congressman John Lewis to visit Morse High School with co-creators of "March: Book One" to discuss their graphic novel

WHAT: Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell will speak to Morse High students, who have read "March" in history/social studies and art classes. The first book in a trilogy, "March," offers a vivid first-hand account of the early life of the civil rights icon, John Lewis, including his meeting Martin Luther King. Jr., the start of the Nashville Student Movement, and the non-violent efforts to stop segregation.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, 10:20 &;11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Morse High School, 6905 Skyline Dr. (92114)

DETAILS: The authors of "March" are visiting San Diego as part of KPBS's "One Book, One San Diego," an effort to bring the community closer together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

Agenda:

10:00 to 10:10 a.m. Sound checks in the gym

10:20 to 10:30 a.m. Introductions by Morse Principal Cynthia Larkin, Superintendent Cindy Marten, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and KPBS

10:31 a.m. Congressman Lewis speaks

10:46 to 11:01 a.m. co-creator Andrew Aydin speaks

11:01 - 11:16 a.m. co-creator Nate Powell speaks

11:11 to 11:31 a.m. Q & A with students

11:37 a.m. Students dismissed to lunch with the option to pre-register to vote during a student-organized voter registration drive

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Lewis, Aydin and Powell are visiting Morse High during High School Voter Education Weeks (Sept. 17-28), while students throughout the San Diego Unified School District and California learn about civic engagement and participate in student-led efforts to pre-register to vote. While reading "March," students have studied Lewis' lifelong commitment to fight for civil rights. The visit brings to life those lessons and his involvement in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Congressman Lewis, Aydin and Powell's visit is among more than 100 One Book-related lectures, exhibits, workshops and film screenings to be held throughout San Diego County and Northern Baja through the fall. The events are in partnership with 80 educational institutions, public libraries, and service organizations and One Book, One San Diego.

One Book, One San Diego has selected "March" as its 2018 book. Each year, One Book, One San Diego and its partners feature one book for adults, one for teens, one for children and one for Spanish speakers. This year, One Book, One San Diego received over 500 nominations and chose one book & "March" - for three of the categories - adults, teens and Spanish-speakers. "Blue Sky, White Stars" is the children's selection.

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