Congressman John Lewis of Georgia has been hailed by President Obama as the “conscience of the United States Congress” for his commitment to protecting human rights and fighting injustice. But before he began what is nearly a three-decades career in the House of Representatives, the Congressman was already an American hero. At just 23, Lewis—who was national chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the time—spoke to hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the 1963 March on Washington about the civil and economic rights of African Americans. Minutes later, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Lewis would continue to be one of Dr. King’s most important allies during the Civil Rights Movement.
Now, the Congressman is hoping to share his message with the next generation of activists through a graphic novel called March which he co-authored with one of his advisors, Andrew Aydin.
“I want young people to know that another generation of young people had the same type of zeal, the same type of ‘get up, let’s do it,'” Lewis told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez. “But they did it in an orderly, peaceful, nonviolent fashion.”
March is a series of historically based graphic novels, which Lewis says is meant to be a “roadmap” that he hopes will inspire, educate, and guide today’s social justice advocates.