SDCC '15: Congressman John Lewis Re-Enacts March For His Graphic Novel
Congressman John Lewis was all the rage at SDCC as he promoted his graphic novel series March from Top Shelf. The Congressman "dressed up" as himself, recreating the trench coat & backpack he wore at the landmark 1965 Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama 50 years ago. Following the 10-10:50am Saturday panel (room 23ABC), he joined hands with a class of local elementary schoolers who have been reading the March graphic novels and led a "Children's March" from the panel through the convention center to the book signing in booth #1721.
Levar Burton spoke about the graphic novel, saying:
With March, Congressman John Lewis takes us behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. In graphic novel form, his first-hand account makes these historic events both accessible and relevant to an entire new generation of Americans.
Lewis had a purpose in wanting to release the March graphic novels. He can relate with the impact the 1957 comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story had on him and his whole generation, inspiring them to take up nonviolence and join the Civil Rights Movement. Now it seems like he's having the same impact on our current young generation.
Take a look at the special moment below:
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