Whoever said history is dead hasn’t read Georgia Congressman John Lewis’ graphic novel trilogy "MARCH". You might recall that Lewis made headlines in June for leading a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand action on gun control measures. The event Periscoped around the world was just the latest battle in Lewis’ long history of nonviolent resistance and his decades-long participation in the Civil Rights Movement — a history chronicled in the poignantly told and beautifully illustrated "MARCH".
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Written by Congressman Lewis and his aide Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, this graphic novel trilogy traces Lewis’ path from his youth in rural Alabama to his rise to Congress. The story depicts how his career intersects with pivotal moments in the civil-rights movement, from the story’s opening at the Selma-to-Montgomery March in 1965 to Lewis’s first meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. The trilogy flashes between Lewis’ memories and Obama’s 2009 inauguration, where Lewis sat in the audience, reflecting on the events that brought him to that day.
"MARCH: Book Three" (out August 2, Top Shelf Comix) focuses on Lewis’ activism during the Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964 and the Selma campaign of 1965.