Graphic Novel "March" Brings Civil Rights Movement To Life

Apr 3, 2018

Georgia Congressman John Lewis is a man who wears many hats. He is a civil rights leader, a principled politician and a graphic novelist. We talked to him about his three-part graphic memoir, "March," which tells the story of the civil rights movement from Lewis's perspective. 

  March: Book One-

"It tells the story of my growing up on a farm in rural Alabama, about 50 miles from Montgomery. And when we would visit cities nearby like Troy or Montgomerry, I would see these signs that say "White men, colored men, white women, colored women" and I asked my father, my mother, and my grandparents why? They said 'that's the way it is! Don't get in their way. Don't get in trouble.' But the words and actions of Dr. King and Rosa Parks inspired me to get in trouble. And I call it good trouble." 

March: Book Two-

"In this second volume, representative John Lewis continues describing his experiences with the civil rights movement. He continues to talk about his involvmenet in sit-ins, freedom rides, and becoming the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee."

March: Book Three- 

 "In the final book of the trilogy, Congressman Lewis concludes his firsthand account of the civil rights era. He talks about the pivotal moments that created the movements today. His stories touch on: the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL; the Freedom Summer murders; the 1964 Democratic National Convention; and the Selma to Montgomery marches. All of which come fromt the perspective of the one who was there from the beginning."