Georgia Democratic congressman John Lewis, a Freedom Rider and the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, makes history as the first sitting member of Congress to write a comic book. An autobiographical trilogy, March is a graphic novel chronicling the civil rights icon’s unwavering commitment to nonviolent protest.
He tells the media, ”This story is about movement. It’s about people moving from a place of segregation to a place of reconciliation. It shows how people can overcome and build a sense of community.”
Book One of the trilogy starts with the historic Alabama march from Selma to Montgomery, Bloody Sunday. A young Lewis helped lead marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. That date represents “one of the finest hours in the civil rights movement,” recalls Lewis.
“The [Supreme] Court’s decision makes it clear that March is needed by young people – and not so young people – to understand the importance of the Voting Rights Act,” Lewis said. “The book dramatizes what people went through to be able to register and vote. It made me very sad to see the court make this decision. It took blood, hard work and even death to create the climate for the voting act to succeed.”
Co-written with Andrew Aydin, an aide in Lewis’ office, and artist Nate Powell, March, goes on sale in August.