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MARCH: Book 1
by Andrew Aydin, John Lewis and Nate Powell
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon and one of the key
figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and
nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the
halls of Congress. From a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on
Washington. And from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving
the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.
Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).
March is a vivid, first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on both the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and the battle to tear down segregation through nonviolence, including lunch counter sit-ins, and building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story." Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a brand new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will surely be heard for generations.
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