Civil Rights Leader and Congressman John Lewis Speaks in Pearce Auditorium Jan. 20

U.S. Rep. John Lewis will speak at Brenau University on Jan. 20.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis will speak at Brenau University on Jan. 20.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, one of the most significant figures of the American civil rights movement, will appear for a public presentation at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium at 5:30 p.m on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The event is open to the public, but seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis after students are seated. Students are required to take their seats at 5 p.m. before doors are open to the public. The students collectively read the Georgia delegation to Congress dean’s illustrated book MARCH as a common reader assignment for their required seminar for all members of the Class of 2019. They also attended a screening of the 2014 motion picture, Selma, which depicts Lewis’ role in the 1965 march that culminated in a bloody attack on peaceful demonstrators, including Lewis himself, by police.

There is no charge for the public to attend the event. Copies of Lewis’ book MARCH, which was the first-year seminar text for this academic year, will be for sale at Sellars Gallery after the program. Lewis will meet students and the public and sign books at that time.

Quanesha Davis, a  senior history and political science major from Decatur, Georgia, resides in Lewis’s 5th Congressional District. She interned during the fall semester with the university’s Department of Student Services, and was instrumental in getting Lewis to come to Brenau. She drafted a letter to Lewis asking him to come to campus and got it signed by every first-year seminar student.

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