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One Book One San Diego: Home

This guide includes information on PLNU's programming around the One Book One San Diego book of the year, in addition to resources for further study related to the book's topic. The 2018 book is March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

PLNU in Partnership with One Book One San Diego

March: Book One

A copy of March is available for a 2-hour borrowing period at the library's front Circulation Desk.

John Lewis at the Civic Center 9/21

One Book Launch Event with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Friday, September 21st, 7PM, San Diego Civic Center (1100 3rd Ave.)

More tickets have become available. You can get your ticket here.

eBooks on Race and Civil Rights

You must be a current PLNU student, staff or faculty member to access ebooks through Ryan Library. If you are not affliated with PLNU, please check your local public library holdings for these titles.

One Book Events at PLNU

Point Loma Nazarene University's Ryan Library and the Center for Justice and Reconciliation are partnering with KPBS and other area libraries for One Book One San Diego to promote this year's selection, March: Book One, a graphic memoir by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. For more information on events, visit the KPBS master calendar.

Ryan Library is hosting several One Book events. All events are open to the public and, with the exception of Central Library talk, take place on the main PLNU campus located at 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106. Community members may obtain a parking pass at the Welcome Booth.

Lecture Open to the Community in Dr. Jamie Gates' Social Change Class: Tuesday, September 18th, 3:30PM to 5:30PM in Rohr Hall room 112

Dr. Jamie Gates is opening his Social Change class to the public for a special lecture on civil rights inspired by March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Directly following this event is a special book discussion of March: Book One facilitated by Dr. Montague Williams in Ryan Library.  (This event immediately precedes Dr. Montague Williams' Book Discussion.)


Book Discussion: Considering a Practical Theology of Protest in the Graphic Novel, March:  Tuesday, September 18th, 6:00PM to 7:00PM, in Ryan Library 

Join us for a lively book discussion facilitated by Dr. Montague Williams, Professor of Church, Culture and Society. The discussion will explore a practical theology of protest in the graphic novel, March: Book One by  John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. (This event immediately follows Dr. Jamie Gates' lecture.)  All are welcome! 


Downtown Central Library (330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101)

Talk on the Integration of Mississippi College with Dr. Jeffrey Carr interviewed by Dr. Karl Martin: Wednesday, October 3rd, from 7:00PM to 8:30PM, in the Shiley Special Events Suite

Join us for a Q & A-style talk featuring Dr. Jeffrey Carr interviewed by Dr. Karl Martin. Dr. Carr was one of the first African-Americans to integrate Mississippi College in 1972, and he worked side-by-side with civil rights leader John Lewis on a voters' rights campaign in Jackson, MS, during the 1960s. 


Panel Discussion on Race and Civil Rights in Higher Education: Tuesday, September 11th, 6:00PM to 7:00PM, in Ryan Library

Join us for a lively discussion exploring themes of civil rights, social justice, and discrimination and how these relate to higher education inspired by the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, March: Book One, a graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Panelists: Dr. Jeffrey Carr, Dr. Jamie Gates, Dr. Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours, Dr. Lindsey Lupo, and Dr. Montague Williams. Moderator: Dr. Karl Martin.

Online and Local Resources on Civil Rights

Oral History Interview with Dr. Carr

Dr. Jeffrey Carr, PLNU’s Chief Diversity Officer and Interim Vice President of Student Development, was one of the first African-Americans to integrate Mississippi College in 1972. This oral history interview was conducted in 2017 by Shane Hand, formerly a librarian at Mississippi College. In the interview, Dr. Carr discusses his experiences at Mississippi College and his work with John Lewis on a voters’ rights campaign in Jackson, MS, during the 1960s.

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is September 11, 2018. Make your voice heard, and vote!

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speech in Golden Gymnasium

Dr. King visited San Diego on May 29, 1964.  He was traveling throughout the country to gather support for the National Civil Rights Act, which was signed into law later that year.  That day Dr. King gave several speeches across the city.  The largest of these gatherings was in Golden Gymnasium located on the campus of what is now PLNU.

You can visit an information kiosk in Golden Gymnasium to hear excerpts from the speech "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution." Ken Kramer featured the kiosk on his About San Diego show. Read the article "On the Cusp of an American Civil Rights Revolution: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Visit and Address to San Diego in 1964" (2015) from The Journal of San Diego History

Dr. Carr Representing PLNU at the Festival of Books


Dr. Carr represented PLNU on stage at the Festival of Books when the One Book One San Diego choice, March, was announced on Saturday, August 25th.

Dr. Carr and librarian Robin Lang at the Festival of Books.