IFCA Book Discussion


A Conversation with Historians Jon Meacham and David Blight

Date and Time

Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Harriet Tubman Theater

Event Type

Panel Discussion



Join us for a conversation highlighting civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, a 2021 International Freedom Conductor Award recipient. Historians Jon Meacham and David W. Blight will reflect on our current moment in history, the events that brought us here and the individuals who played a leading role, including Civil Rights icon John Lewis, the subject of Meacham’s most recent book, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope. This meaningful discussion will be moderated by Dr. Eric Jackson, professor of history in the Department of History & Geography and Director of the Black Studies program at Northern Kentucky University.

About the Authors

David W. Blight is a teacher, scholar, and public historian. At Yale University he is Sterling Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. In his capacity as Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center, Blight organizes conferences, working groups, lectures, the administering of the annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize and many public outreach programs regarding the history of slavery and its abolition. He is the author of numerous books including Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, a dramatic biography of one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century.

Jon Meacham is a renowned presidential historian, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, contributing editor at TIME and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Society of American Historians, Meacham is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope with an afterword by John Lewis is Meacham’s most recent book. It’s an intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America.


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