Top Shelf Productions gifted digital copies of March: Book One to every member of the House and the Senate yesterday. Co-written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (with art by Nate Powell), the graphic novel is a memoir spanning Lewis’ childhood as the son of a sharecropper to his early years as a Civil Rights activist.
Lewis, the first Congressman to author a graphic novel, was the youngest leader of the Civil Rights Movement. A description of the graphic novel states that Lewis was “clubbed, gassed, arrested over 40 times, and nearly killed by angry mobs and state police, all while nonviolently protesting racial discrimination.” Lewis also helped plan the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Digital copies of Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, the 1957 comic book that inspired Lewis as a teenager, were also given to members of Congress.
In a note included with the gifts, Lewis wrote, “Just like the comic book I read more than 50 years ago, it is my hope that this graphic novel can inspire new generations to speak up and speak out, to make their voice heard, and, hopefully, to make our nation a more just and peaceful place for all.”
March: Book One is the first installment in a planned trilogy, with the second and third books scheduled for release in 2014 and 2015.