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Remembering John Lewis (and his graphic novels!)

Rep. John Lewis, the sharecroppers’ son who became a giant of the civil rights movement, died Friday after a monthslong battle with cancer. He was 80.

The longtime Georgia congressman, an advocate of nonviolent protest who had his skull fractured by Alabama state troopers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, was the last surviving speaker from 1963’s March on Washington.

“He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise,” former President Barack Obama said in paying tribute to a man he called a personal hero. “And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example.” Read more.

You might not believe this, but John Lewis and a couple of talented (and comics-obsessed) friends of his wrote three graphic novels. They’re called March (Books One-Three), and you can borrow them at absolutely NO COST right here at your friendly neighborhood library! Good reading!

 



 

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