Appearing on CNN this morning, Congressman Lewis, Aydin and writer Brad Meltzer discussed the importance of keeping the Civil Rights Movement in the public’s mind for the past five decades and how graphic novels like “March” and Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos’ “I Am Rosa Parks” picture book are helping to make sure new generations understand the struggles their ancestors experienced in fighting for equality.
“March” is an autobiographical story of Lewis’ experiences in the 1960s, working alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. The project was inspired by Lewis and other Civil Right leaders themselves being inspired by a comic book, “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story,” which was re-released in 2014 as part of a special digital bundle with “March: Book One.”
Top Shelf describes the second volume of “March” as “significantly longer than Book One, taking a step forward into the tumultuous events of 1961-1963 while continuing the framing narrative of President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Major plot lines include the famous journey of the Freedom Riders, imprisonment at Mississippi’s Parchman Penitentiary, and young John Lewis’ involvement in helping to plan and lead the legendary 1963 March on Washington.”
Nate Powell’s cover depicts two major events from the Civil Rights Movement. The top depicts the Freedom Riders’ bus, set on fire by a white supremacist mob in Anniston, AL, May 14, 1961, while the bottom revisits Lewis’ speech at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963.