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                   We invite the Burlington community to explore
             the topic of civil rights during the month of March.


 lores Motown and the Civil Rights Movement 
with Tom Ingrassia
Thursday, March 7 at 7pm
The Motown Sound and the Civil Rights Movement were two cultural and social movements seemingly working together to bring African American culture into the American mainstream. Did the Civil Rights leaders and Motown use each others' momentum to further their causes? Why has Motown's music remained so popular to this day?

 Tom Ingrassia takes his audience on a journey back to a turbulent time in American history when the music of Motown reigned supreme. Having worked for Motown artists, including Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Ingrassia also brings a behind-the-scenes look at the impact the music and the times had on the young African American artists of Motown.

 Crowley - Copy Civil Rights: Past, Present and Future
with Reverend Brandon Thomas Crowley
Tuesday, March 19 at 7pm
Reverend Crowley will talk about the Civil Rights Movement, how it is connected to the Black Lives Matter movement of today, and what yet needs to be accomplished to achieve equality.

Reverend Crowley is a sixth-year Ph.D. student at Boston University concentrating in Religion and Society and the proud Senior Pastor of The Historic Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton, Massachusetts.

 Ivan Espinoza-MadrigalLoRes The Current Landscape of Civil Rights 
with Iván Espinoza-Madrigal  
Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), discusses the current landscape of civil rights from the perspective of lawyers working to defend them.

Formed in 1968, LCR was the first of eight local affiliates of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  LCR's mission focuses on eight areas of impact: economic justice, education, employment, health disparities, fair housing, voting rights, immigrant rights, and police accountability.  LCR filed the first lawsuits in the country against the Trump Administration to protect sanctuary cities; to save TPS on behalf of Honduran and Salvadoran immigrants; and to block immigration arrests in courthouses.  Iván has filed and won dozens of life-changing and law-changing cases on a wide range of civil rights issues.

Movie  The Hate U Give
Monday, March 11 at 6:30pm 

A showing of the movie The Hate U Give will be held at the library.  Popcorn will be provided.  Open to all ages, but please note that the movie is rated PG-13.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas  Tuesday, March 5 at 7pm in the Library.  Discussion led by Mike Wick. 

March by John Lewis  Thursday, March 28 at 7pm in the Library.  Discussion led by Marnie Smith.