The Power of Words with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

John Lewis, Nate Powell, and Andrew Aydin on Edmund Pettus Bridge

The Friends of the Library and Monroe County Public Library present:

The Power of Words
with John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

7:30 p.m. on September 21, 2015 at IU Auditorium

Thank You to everyone for making The Power of Words a fantastic, inspiring evening.  If you attended The Power of Words, please take a moment to fill out our evaluation.
Photos and video of The Power of Words will be available soon!

Monroe County Public Library and The Friends of the Library are honored to present The Power of Words featuring the authors of March: civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and local artist Nate Powell. The Power of Words is a free, ticketed event and takes place Monday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. in IU Auditorium.  This event is co-sponsored with IU Union Board.

“The visit of Congressman John Lewis to Bloomington is especially timely, given the recent 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery march that he co-led, which changed our country’s history. The Library is indebted to our multiple partners for working to ensure that the visit has a long-term, meaningful impact on our community,” said Sally Gaskill, Co-Chair of the 2015 Power of Words.

Congressman Lewis and his co-creators will discuss their groundbreaking graphic novel series, March, an engaging and award-winning first-hand account of Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. March: Book One spans Lewis’s youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Nashville Student Movement's battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. The memoir trilogy continues in the newly released March: Book Two, including the 1961 Freedom Rides and the legendary 1963 March on Washington. Both March books are New York Times Bestsellers and are available for check out at Monroe County Public Library or for purchase at the Friends of the Library Bookstore.

This year’s Power of Words is coordinated around the concept of Read, Discuss, Meet, and Act. Read March Book One and Two. Discuss the books by attending one or more of the many community programs planned in advanced of the author visit. Meet the authors at their inspiring talk on September 21. And, finally, Act by learning more or getting involved. The event website has been built in support of this concept, including an events calendar:

The Power of Words: Changing Our World — One Author at a Time is a bi-annual event presented by The Friends of the Library and Monroe County Public Library.  Previous visiting Power of Words authors include Nicole Mones, James McBride, Rick Bragg, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

Partners with Monroe County Public Library and the Friends of the Library include: City of Bloomington; IU Center on Congress; IU Civic Leaders Living Learning Center; IU English/African American and African Diaspora Studies; IU Lifelong Learning; IU Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center; IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs; IU Union Board; Ivy Tech Community College; Monroe County Community School Corporation; Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation; and South Central Community Action Program.

For more information contact Michael Hoerger at 812-349-3050 or email mhoerger [at] mcpl [dot] info.


Meet the authors before the talk while enjoying good food and beverages, live music, and taking in the display of original artwork by Nate Powell. The reception takes place from 5:30–7 p.m. on Monday, September 21. Reception attendees will enjoy premium reserved seating for the authors' talk located adjacent to the reception hall.

All proceeds from the reception support Monroe County Public Library.

5:30–7 p.m.
Monday, September 21

Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center