ST. PETERSBURG — A civil rights icon will visit the city in March as part of a Poynter Institute for Media Studies event celebrating the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., will speak March 31 at the Palladium Theater for the program called "The Voices of Social Justice and Equality," which will feature work by civil rights era Pulitzer Prize winners through photography, art and music. Lewis helped lead the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and organized sit-ins, demonstrations and voter registration programs.
The program, commissioned by the Pulitzer Prizes, is the first of four events that will celebrate prize-winning work in civil rights, social equality and democracy. On April 1, Poynter staffers and invited experts will teach a series of workshops. About 20 Pulitzer Prize winners will participate.
Poynter is a nonprofit institution that owns the Tampa Bay Times and offers journalism-related educational programs.