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In the mid-’90s, a glut of cheap memoirs and airy autobiographies by James Baldwin wannabes flooded the black book market. John Lewis doesn’t fall into that category, he’s actually done more than be black and live to see the age of 25. The author of Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was at the front lines of the civil rights movement. Yet his memoir still manages to be overblown and decidedly unrevealing, reading like a manifesto on the virtues of integration and nonviolence. The book has high points, including Lewis’ rehashing of his underdog campaign to beat Julian Bond for the congressional seat he still holds, but tells precious little about his experiences since gaining that seat. Lewis appears with the 300-member Voices of Ebenezer Choir, plus film clips and slides of his life, at 7 p.m. at Ebenezer AME Church, 7707 Allentown Road, Fort Washington. $13. (202) 357-3030. He also discusses and signs copies of his book at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Drum and Spear, 556 Varnum St. NW. Free. (202) 722-4758 and at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Borders, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington. Free. (703) 418-0166. (Ta-Nehisi Coates)