John Lewis' "March" Optioned For Animated Series

The acclaimed graphic memoir "March," Congressman John Lewis' account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, is being develop as an animated series.

Charleston Immersive & Interactive Media Studio announced it has optioned the television rights to the trilogy, published by Top Shelf, and will also develop related interactive educational products. Lewis, co-writer Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell will serve as producers and consultants.

"It is my hope that this project inspires another generation of young people to learn the way of peace, the way of love, the way of nonviolence," Lewis said in a statement.

Published in 2013, "March: Book One" spans Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

The bestseller was followed in 2015 by "Book Two," which follows Lewis and his fellow Freedom Riders as they board a bus into the deep South, where they're faced with beatings, police brutality and even murder. "Book Three" is set for release in August.

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