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From Civil Rights Activist to National Book Awards Finalist

Rep. John Lewis has many titles. Most predominantly, he’s a Civil Rights Activist. Born in Alabama in 1940, Lewis was exposed to the American Jim Crow South at an early age. He attended nonviolence workshops to prepare for sit-ins and peaceful protests. 

Lewis has even been jailed over 20 times for protesting. He was the youngest of six SNCC members, one of thirteen original Freedom Riders, spoke at the March on Washington, and participated in the march from Selma, Alabama where a police officer fractured his skull. Lewis has fought for the rights of African American people in all his life. He’s been beaten, but never broken. In June, he participated in the Democratic Sit-in on the House floor to demand a vote on gun control.

He recently spoke at New York University’s 2016 commencement and received an honorary doctorate degree.

Now, he’s finished his trilogy, March, and has been nominated for a National Book Award. March is a series of graphic novels that depict 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. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.”

Visit Lewis’ website here.


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