The second volume of “March,” Rep. John Lewis’s graphic novel-style memoir of his experiences in the civil rights movement, hit bookstores last week and is featured in the Newseum exhibit “1965: Civil Rights at 50.” The exhibit explores pivotal moments in the movement from 1965, notably the violent attacks at the start of the first planned march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., on Selma’s Edmumd Pettus Bridge (also featured in the current major motion picture “Selma”). A young John Lewis was at the march that day, which came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.” In the violence that erupted, Lewis was beaten by an Alabama state trooper; the next morning’s Dallas Morning News – also on display in the Newseum exhibit – featured a photo of the violent attack on the future congressman.
In “March,” Lewis’s stories are powerfully rendered by illustrator Nate Powell and graphic designer Chris Ross, who recently discussed the process of creating the visuals in a fascinating interview (read it here). Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin spoke to Newseum members in Sept. 2013 about how the unusual memoir came about. Lewis returns to the Newseum Feb. 25 for an exclusive members-only evening to discuss and sign copies of “March: Book Two.”
Contributing sponsorship support for “Civil Rights at 50” has been provided by Walmart and Altria Group.