An Evening with Beto O'Rourke for We've Got to Try

An Evening with Beto O'Rourke for We've Got to Try

“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 a thrilling, inspiring case for how voting rights is essential to a productive and healthy democracy.

Join Square Books for an evening with former United States Representative and politician Beto O'Rourke to discuss his book We've Got to Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible. The event will take place on Friday, March 8th, at 5:30PM at Off Square Books.

As of March 7th, guaranteed seating with book purchase is closed. This is a free event and remaining capacity is first come, first served.

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About the We've Got to Try

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.

With heart, eloquence, and powerful storytelling, O’Rourke weaves together Nixon’s story with those of other great Texans who changed the course of voting rights and improved America’s democracy. While connecting voting rights and democracy to the major issues of our time, O’Rourke also shares what he saw, heard, and learned while on his own journey throughout the 254 counties of his home state. By telling the stories of those he met along the way and bringing us into the epicenter of the current fight against voter suppression, the former El Paso Congressman shows just how essential it is that the sacred right to vote is protected and that we each do our part to save our democracy for generations to come.

About the Author

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.

Books: 
We've Got to Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible By Beto O'Rourke Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250852465
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - September 26th, 2023

“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


Event date: 
Friday, March 8, 2024 - 5:30pm
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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