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Nashville Reads Finale: GET IN THE WAY Film Screening and Panel

Downtown Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St

Nashville Reads Finale: Get in the Way Film Screening and Panel
May 2, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Main Library Auditorium, 615 Church Street

Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis is the first documentary biography of John Lewis, civil rights hero, congressional leader and human rights champion whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past fifty years.

The film tells a highly personalized narrative of an epic chapter in U.S. history and touches audiences deeply, regardless of their race, gender, age, religious, sexual or political preferences. Bringing Lewis’ story into the present, Get in the Way emphasizes his enduring determination to stand up to injustice and discrimination wherever he finds it using strategy, legislation and direct action.

The hour-long film is followed by a panel discussion moderated by Andrea Blackman, NPL Special Collections Division manager


Ken Paulson was the first editor of USA Today. He’s the Dean of the College of Media and Entertainment at MTSU and President of the First Amendment Center.

Dr. Sybril Brown teaches Social Media Reporting, Digital Citizenship, Mass Media & Society and Entrepreneurial Media at Belmont University. Her research focuses on innovation, civility and digital media and she is the author of Innovate: Lessons from the Underground Railroad.

Andrew Maraniss is the author of Strong inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South. The book became the first sports-related book ever to win two prestigious civil rights awards, the Lillian Smith Book Award and the RFK Book Awards’ special recognition prize.

Presented in conjunction with Conversations @ NPL.

Conversations @ NPL aims to stimulate public dialogue surrounding current issues that shape all facets of American history and culture.

Partners: Foundation; Mayor’s Office, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, and BookPage.

Nashville Reads is sponsored by the Ingram Content Group.

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