Thursday, August 15, 2013

to the past and future children of the movement

When I read that Congressman John Lewis was at Comic-Con, I thought... "What the heck?" Then I read further...  Congressman Lewis collaborated with his staffer (and comics aficionado) Andrew Aydin as well as NewYork Times best-selling comic-book artist Nate Powell to create the graphic novel MARCH book one.

The book is dedicated to the past and future children of the movement.

Well, this was a book I knew I had to read. And I loved it.

MARCH is the first graphic novel in a three book series. Book One follows Congressman Lewis' life from boyhood in rural Alabama to meeting Dr. Martin Luther King to the rise of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins.

If you've heard Congressman Lewis speak, you can hear his voice in these pages. It's a book everyone should read and read again, and then pass along for someone else to read.

The language and images are powerful, disturbing, joyful, and unforgettable. The idea that this trilogy is in the form of a graphic novel is brilliant.

If you aren't familiar with Congressman John Lewis, be sure to watch this piece by Bill Moyers:

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