Civil rights conversation at Pierce County READS event

Pierce County READS’ 2018 selection, “March,” explores the civil rights movement. Local leaders will share their experiences at Living History: A Special After-Hours Event. Taking part will be Tacoma’s first African-American mayor, Harold Moss; the city’s first African-American city manager, James Walton; the first African American to head the state’s Department of Social and Health Services, Lyle Quasim; and the first African-American Washington state senator, Rosa Franklin. The event, free and open to the public, will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday (April 13) at the University Place Library, 3609 Market Place W. University Place. For more information, call 253-588-3307 or go online to piercecountyreads.org

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Ijeoma Oluo

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“March” forward with Pierce County Library

“March” forward with Pierce County Library

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‘March’ with civil rights movement and Pierce County Reads in these graphic novels

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