A vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation, March is a graphic novel that is rooted in Lewis’ personal story, but also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
The first installation of a trilogy, Book One spans John 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.
Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 comic book “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story.” Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.
March: Book Two will be released in January, 2015 and continues Lewis’ story through Freedom Rides and the legendary 1963 March on Washington.
About the Authors
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president. Lewis share his remarkable story with new generations in his graphic novel, March.
Andrew Aydin is an Atlanta native currently serving as an aide to Rep. John Lewis handling Telecom and Technology policy as well as New Media in Washington, D.C. Andrew served as Communications Director and Press Secretary during Rep. Lewis’ 2008 and 2010 re-election campaigns. Prior to joining Rep. Lewis’ staff, Andrew served as District Aide to Rep. John Larson (D-CT), and as Special Assistant to Connecticut Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan. Andrew is a graduate of The Lovett School in Atlanta, Trinity College in Hartford, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. In addition to March, Nate’s work includes Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, and The Year Of The Beasts. Nate’s many awards and honors include the Eisner Award and a LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole. In addition to the March trilogy and the forthcoming You Don’t Say collection, Powell is currently writing and drawing his next book, Cover, slated for release in 2017.