Welcome to the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

May 11th, 2021
7pm – 8:30pm

Jon Meacham

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Meacham is a highly sought-after commentator, regularly appearing on CNN and MSNBC. Known as a skilled orator with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs, Meacham brings historical context to the issues and events affecting our daily lives. In his latest #1 New York Times best-seller, His Truth is Marching On, Meacham draws on decades of wide-ranging interviews with the late Congressman John Lewis. In this biography, Meacham shares how Lewis, the great-grandson of a man who was enslaved and son of an Alabama tenant farmer, was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”

About The Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For twenty-three years, the Oregon Historical Society’s Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series has earned a reputation for hosting America’s most prominent historians, biographers, and public officials. The series began at the suggestion of Senator Hatfield, and continues as a tribute to his legacy of public service and as an opportunity to share stories of the people and events that have shaped American history. Past speakers include notable historians David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin, late broadcast journalist Cokie Roberts, diplomat Madeleine Albright, and authors Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Jon Meacham, and Isabel Wilkerson.