As we near the end of the primary season in the United States, talk about racism is all over the television screens. It seems appropriate that Top Shelf announced the third and final segment in Congressman John Lewis' autobiographical series March. The award winning series tells of Lewis' time in the Civil Rights Movement with Dr. Martin Luther King and the historical march on Selma.
A book like this is important to remind us not only how far we've come, but how easily we could sleep back into an era of hate and violence.
By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: "One Man, One Vote."
To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.
With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening … even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.
Lewis is joined once again joined by Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell for March: Book Three which will be released in August 2016. The book will be released in hardcover and in a slipcased collectors edition with the first two volumes.