Rep. John Lewis continues to spread his good word.
This past summer, the Georgia Democrat became the first sitting member of Congress to write and release an autobiographical graphic novel, according to his publisher, Georgia-based Top Shelf Productions. His acclaimed civil-rights memoir, “March: Book One” — co-created with aide Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell — soon topped the bestseller list.
Today, Lewis is donating a digital copy of his book to every member of Congress, says Top Shelf.
“Just like the comic book I read more than 50 years ago,” Lewis said in a statement, “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.”
That comic book of a half-century ago he refers to is “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story,” a visual lesson of nonviolent protest published by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Top Shelf has teamed with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the digital publisher comiXology to bundle the two electronic books and make them jointly available to every member of Congress.
Lewis, a true civil-rights icon and voice of nonviolent protest, was the youngest speaker (age 23) at the 1963 March on Washington.
“March: Book One” is the first volume in a planned trilogy.
Lewis and Aydin will appear Tuesday night at 6:30 at Barnes & Noble in downtown D.C. (555 12th St NW).