Georgia Representative John Lewis will lead a Children's March at San Diego Comic-Con International again this year. Lewis is a civil rights hero, last surviving speaker of the 1963 March on Washington and a co-leader of the March on Selma who, for the past several years, has been co-writing the autobiographical "March" graphic novel trilogy, an autobiographical series which recounts his political activism for racial equality in the 1960s, and his upbringing in segregated Alabama.
Lewis will lead the march while cosplaying as his younger self as depicted in the Selma portions of "March," trench coat and backpack included. A brief talk by Lewis will preface the march onto the Comic-Con floor. The march will largely consist of teachers and children, which comes as no surprise as Lewis' autobiography has been adopted by schools across the country as part of the curriculum used to teach students about the civil rights movement.
The Children's March is meant to celebrate the release of "March: Book Three" and inspire a new generation to realize the power of nonviolent political protest.
Lewis will hold a signing of "March: Book Three" upon completion of the march alongside the series' co-creators, writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell. Lewis held a similar march last year to celebrate the release of "March: Book Two."
The third and final volume of the "March" trilogy releases this August.