John Lewis: People with courage and brains who work to make life better for the less fortunate make a difference. We call John Lewis a hero for his work to promote civil rights. He is inspired by MLK, Jr..
John Lewis survives Bloody Sunday during a march to increase voter turnout in 1965, and he fights systemic racism and injustice. He marches across a bridge named after a Klu Klutz Klan Grand Dragon. He marches against billy clubs, horses and mayhem for equal treatment under the law. He is a Freedom Rider. John Lewis is a civil rights leader. I can feel his presence.
He works for us for decades because his struggle is our struggle. People can put their kids to bed at night and feel they are safe, from time to time, because John Lewis works for us. He is a superhero from Alabama.
“John Lewis is the co-author of the National Book Award winning and #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir trilogy MARCH, written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. The first volume, MARCH: Book One, received a 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor, an ALA Notable Children’s Book designation, was named one of YALSA’s 2014 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, and became the first graphic novel ever to receive a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. MARCH: Book Two was released in 2015 and immediately became both a New York Times and Washington Post bestseller. MARCH: Book Two was awarded the comic industry’s highest honor, the Will Eisner Award, as well as two Harvey awards among other honors. MARCH: Book Three was released in 2016, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, and became the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award. In January 2017, MARCH: Book Three made history again by winning four ALA Youth Media Awards, including the Printz Award, the Sibert Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Book Award, and the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award, becoming the first book to ever win four Youth Media Awards in a single year and cementing the MARCH Trilogy’s place at the pinnacle of comics and young adult literature.https://johnlewis.house.gov/john-lewis