Rep. John Lewis co-authors graphic novel about his life

Rep. John Lewis talks about "March" at Book Expo America. (Photo courtesy of Top Shelf Productions)
Rep. John Lewis talks about “March” at Book Expo America. (Photo courtesy of Top Shelf Productions)

The life of Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, will be the focus of an upcoming graphic novel trilogy starting with March (Top Shelf Productions), which will be released in August.

Lewis, co-author of the trilogy, led a panel discussion on the graphic novel at this past weekend’s Comic-Con in San Diego. He also recently spoke at Book Expo America in New York and will be the keynote speaker at the Decatur Book Festival on Aug. 30.

March-307x450A press release about the book ahead of Lewis’ appearance at Comic-Con had this to say: “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, remembering how a 1950s comic book helped spread the philosophy and tools of nonviolent resistance among his generation of activists, Congressman Lewis has a new project to do the same for today’s youth.”

Roll Call also published a story about the production of the comic book.

– Dan Whisenhunt

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