Beto O'Rourke -- We've Got to Try
Sat, Mar 2 at 4pm
Join us for a special event with former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke, Sat., Mar. 2, 4 pm as he visits Charleston to discuss We've Got to Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible (Flatiron, pb., $19).
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are free, with the option to pre-order a signed copy of We've Got To Try.
Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., downtown Charleston.
"Uplifting. . . . O’Rourke gets an A-plus on both the moral frisson of the long fight and the rightness of the cause. . . . The happy warrior from Texas is inspiring.” —The Washington Post
Activist and political leader Beto O’Rourke blends history, sociology, and travelogue for an inspiring case for how voting rights is essential to a productive and healthy democracy.
In We’ve Got To Try, O’Rourke shines a spotlight on the heroic life and work of Dr. Lawrence Aaron Nixon and the west Texas town where he made his stand. The son of an enslaved man, Nixon grew up in the Confederate stronghold of Marshall, Texas before moving to El Paso, becoming a civil rights leader, and helping to win one of the most significant civil and voting rights victories in American history: the defeat of the all-white primary. His fight for the ballot spanned 20 years and twice took him to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Beto O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan, born and raised in El Paso where he has served as a small business owner, a city council representative and a member of Congress. He founded and currently leads Powered by People, a Texas-based organization that works to expand democracy and produce Democratic victories through voter registration and direct voter engagement.
Beto is married to Amy O’Rourke and together they are raising Ulysses, Molly and Henry in El Paso’s historic Sunset Heights.