One Book One UIS Events


The One Book, One UIS Keynote Lecture, MARCH: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Social Justice is quickly approaching and we have lots of great events taking place this week in conjunction with the community reading initiative. All events are FREE and open to the public and we would encourage you to attend.

Keynote Lecture: MARCH: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Social Justice.

Speakers: Congressman John Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell

  • 7:00 pm – Sangamon Auditorium – University of Illinois Springfield
  • Free & Open to the Public – Book Signing Immediately Following
  • Tickets  Required (FREE) Through the UIS Sangamon Auditorium
  • Tickets can obtained in-person, online or by calling the Sangamon Auditorium: 217-206-6160


  • One Book, One UIS Book Club – “MARCH” by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell
  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  –  Brookens Library – Lower Level
  • Sponsored by: African American History Museum
  • Free & Open to the Public


  • UIS Faculty Panel: “MARCH Through Disciplinary Eyes: Faculty on John Lewis, Graphic Novels, and the Civil Rights Movement.”
  • 7:00 pm – Brookens Auditorium – University of Illinois Springfield
  • Sponsored by One Book, One UIS
  • Free & Open to the Public



  • “The History of the Negro Spiritual & Gospel Music”
  • 7:00 pm – Lincoln Library – The Public Library of Springfield, Illinois
  • Free & Open to the Public


  • “The Importance of Non-Violent Protests to Oppose Racial Injustice in Ferguson” – Pastor Cori Bush & Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
  • 7:00 pm – Brookens Auditorium – University of Illinois Springfield
  • Free & Open to the Public
  • Sponsored by the UIS ECCE Speaker Series


  • UIS Music Freedom Concert
  • 1:00 pm – Polly Roesch Muscia Room – Visual and Performing Arts Building – University of Illinois Springfield
  • Free & Open to the Public
  • Donations benefit UIS Student Music Merit Awards

MARCH Chosen “One Book, One UIS” for 2015/2016

MARCH Chosen “One Book, One UIS” for 2015/2016

March Book One  - One Book, One UIS 2015 March Book One - One Book One UIS 2015MARCH, a graphic memoir about the life of civil rights icon John Lewis, has been chosen by the One Book, One UIS Planning Committee as the campus community read for the 2015/2016 academic year.   Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and Illustrator Nate Powell have agreed to speak at UIS. Their presentation will be on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 in Sangamon Auditorium.
John Lewis has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1986, representing the Georgia 5th District.  Born the son of sharecroppers in Pike County, Alabama, Lewis became a civil rights activist while a student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, organizing sit-ins and participating in freedom rides.  From 1963-1966, Lewis chaired the Student Nonviolent Organizing Committee (SNCC) of which he was a founder.

The title of the book MARCH comes from the many marches that Lewis organized or participated in, including one of the most well-remembered moments in civil rights history—the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965.  Lewis was one of the organizers of the march, which drew nationwide attention when the non-violent marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers.  Many historians believe that the images of cruelty from the Selma march were a factor in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Over the years, Lewis has received many prestigious awards, including the Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian honor) and the only John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Lifetime Achievement Award ever granted by the John F. Kennedy Foundation.  He has recently been named as the recipient of the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government given each year by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois.  A ceremony to present the award to Congressman Lewis, hosted by Senator Dick Durbin, will be held on April 29 in Washington, DC.

MARCH is planned as a three-volume trilogy.  At UIS, we will be reading volumes one and two.  MARCH: Book One has received numerous awards, including a 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award and an ALA Notable Children’s Book designation.  It was also named a “Top Ten Graphic Novel for Teens” by the Young Adults Library Services Association (YALSA) of ALA and made the “best books of 2013” lists of USA Today, The Washington Post, Slate and others.  MARCH: Book Two has just been published and has already garnered a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

Should you wish to include MARCH in a course during the 2015/2016 academic year, please contact Karen Moranski at or 217-206-7440; or Kimberly Craig at or 217-206-6245.  For any other information about the 2015/2016 choice please contact Janelle Gurnsey in the Brookens Library: or 217-206-8451.  We will release information about additional programming as it is planned.  For more information about the One Book, One UIS program, including selection criteria, please see: