U.S. Rep. John Lewis is already in the history books for his part in the Civil Rights Movement. And now he’s in the comics. The longtime activist tells his story in comic book form.
The Georgia Democrat’s March: Book One, was released earlier this week and was published by Top Shelf, co-written by Lewis staffer Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Eisner Award-winning artist Nate Powell, reports The Huffington Post.
According to Lewis, the 128-page volume will be part of a trilogy. The first installment focuses on his early life – from raising chickens in Pike County, Alabama, to meeting Martin Luther King Jr. and holding lunch counter sit-ins and civil rights protests in Nashville, reports HuffPo.
“It’s all there,” Lewis said, from his “growing up” to his discovery of the 1957 comic book “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story.” He even writes about his time as a freedom rider and civil rights leader in the 1960s, during which he was severely beaten while marching for voting rights.
“It was very inspiring … and when I attended the nonviolence workshops in Nashville at a local church, we all had an opportunity to get a copy of this book we called the ‘comic book,’” Lewis told HuffPo. “We were able to digest the essence of the book as we studied and participated in those nonviolence workshops.”
Lewis has made the books more than affordable. They cost just 10 cents!
Do you think kids will read and learn from the books?