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Writers LIVE! Jon Meacham, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

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Due to a scheduling conflict, Mr. Meacham's event will now be pre-recorded. Send questions for Jon Meacham to by September 29, to be answered during the recorded program.


Jon Meacham will talk about his new book, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope.

Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with John Lewis, Jon Meacham writes of how this great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama tenant farmer was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” From an early age, Lewis learned that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a minister, practiced by preaching to his family’s chickens. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it—his first act, he wryly recalled, of nonviolent protest. Integral to Lewis’s commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God—and an unshakable belief in the power of hope. 
Meacham calls Lewis “as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the Republic itself in the eighteenth century.”

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,  American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and WinstonDestiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, and The Soul of America, Meacham holds the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency and is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He is a contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, a contributing editor to Time, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians.

ASL interpretation will be available to attendees.

Visit to order your copy of His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope.

Thank you to our program supporters: The Ruth Enlow Library, Talbot County Free Library, Carroll County Public Library, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Kent County Public Library, Worcester County Library, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Howard County Library System.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Writers LIVE!, Virtual Event

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Adults, Seniors

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Writers LIVE at the Library

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Tracy Dimond - for Adults

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Christopher Providence

Christopher Providence left a positive review 10/5/2020

Mr. Meacham's informative presentation served as an excellent reminder of what a true American Hero---and what an exceptional human being---John Lewis was.

JL 420

JL 420 left a review 10/5/2020

Never got a link to log on to session. Was it recorded?

Louise Marmion

Louise Marmion left a positive review 10/5/2020

Jon Meacham never disappoints. His topic on John Lewis was wonderful. I want to read his book on John Lewis.