MARCH – Facilitated Book Discussions


CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS – Often called  “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America.   

MARCH is the award-winning, #1 bestselling graphic novel trilogy recounting Congressman Lewis’ life in the movement, co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell AND they are all coming to Ann Arbor! Participants in the ICPJ led programming will have an opportunity to see the event with reserved seats.


Ann Arbor/Chelsea 9/13-14: Facilitated Discussions of MARCH

Join the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice for a facilitated book discussion on the graphic novel trilogy March. March is authored by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. This powerful series describes Congressman John Lewis’s experiences as one of the key leaders in the civil rights movement.

La’Ron Williams will be facilitating the Ann Arbor book discussion. La’Ron is a member of the Racial and Economic Task Force of the Ann Arbor Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, workshop facilitator, artist and a professional storyteller. 

Angela Berent and Jane Pacheco will be facilitating the Chelsea ICPJ book discussion.  Angela is a teacher, writer, and social justice champion with a Master of Education degree. Jane is on staff at ICPJ and serves on Chelsea City Council as well as a variety of boards and community/school groups.

Ann Arbor Date/Location:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice – 1414 Hill St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Chelsea Date/Location:  Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Zou Zou’s Cafe – 101 North Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118 

These events are a part of a larger series of events that the University of Michigan and other local groups are hosting leading up to Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s visit to the University of Michigan on a date to be rescheduled. Participants in ICPJ led programming will have an opportunity to attend the to-be-rescheduled event with reserved seats.


Ann Arbor 9/21 – Lewis, Aydin, & Powell at Michigan Theater

Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell will visit the University of Michigan TO BE RESCHEDULED. An ongoing series of Fall 2017 events will bring the Civil Rights Movement to life, inspire critical reflection on social justice advocacy, and spark initiatives that catalyze change.

This event series—a kickoff to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium—is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program as part of the regular Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Additional support is provided by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Political Science; Institute for the Humanities; Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL); Rackham Graduate School; and Office of Research.

Date/time: Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 5:00 to 6:30 pm   Cancelled, pending reschedule date 

Location:  Michigan Theater 606 East Liberty St, Ann Arbor

More info:  For more information about events leading up to the UM sponsored visit – the official UM website. For more information on Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice events contact

PAST – Ann Arbor 8/30 – FUN with Social Justice Comics 

Bring the kids (or not) and join the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice for a fun midday break and intro to graphic novels and comic books featuring social justice themes! This free, public event is open to kids of all ages interested in having some end-of-summer fun before back-to-school is here.  Facilitated by La’Ron Williams: professional storyteller, artist, workshop facilitator, and a member of the Racial and Economic Task Force of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.  Don’t miss this fun afternoon event! 

Date/time: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 12:00 to 1:30 pm

Location: ICPJ – 1414 Hill Street, Ann Arbor (parking off alley behind Friends Meeting House) 

Other: No drop-off, please plan to stay with kids. Pizza provided!  

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