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Published on May 20, 2024
Climate Justice Advocate Mary Annaise Heglar to Speak on Personal Influence in Environmental Activism at Lewisville's City Speaker SeriesSource: Google Street View

Climate justice advocate and author Mary Annaise Heglar is set to tackle some heavy topics in Lewisville this Tuesday. She'll be featured in the City Speaker Series at the Grand Theater, discussing her approach to climate justice, her family's role in the Nashville school desegregation movement, and the influence of the Civil Rights movement on her activism and writing. The talk, titled "The Weight of the World," promises to be a poignant exploration of how personal history can shape one's understanding of and response to global issues.

During the 7 p.m. talk at the Black Box Theater, Heglar, undoubtedly influenced by her Southern roots and personal experiences as a Black woman, will delve into the backstory of her new novel, "Troubled Waters," and her journey to climate justice. According to the City of Lewisville, Texas, admission is free but making reservations is suggested. Heglar's work, known for dissecting and interrogating the complex facets of the climate crisis, has been featured in various esteemed publications, asserting her prominence in the realm of environmental dialogue.

Following her presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to obtain signed copies of "Troubled Waters." Complementary to Heglar's dedication to highlighting Black voices, the books will be available for purchase from BLACKLIT, a local bookstore that promotes Black authors and entrepreneurs. This collaboration not only underscores Heglar's literary contribution but also supports Black-owned businesses.

The Grand, a hub for the arts in Lewisville, offers a broad spectrum of cultural experiences, ranging from music and theater to art exhibits and classes. It houses the 294-seat Huffines Performance Hall in addition to other venues, such as the Black Box Theater where Heglar will be speaking. Located at 100 N. Charles Street, the center is easily accessible from Interstate 35E and provides free public parking. More information about the Grand's offerings and its role as a platform for the arts can be found on its official website or by calling 972.219.8446. With a multitude of spaces catering to different events, the center has become a beacon for various art forms and performances.