John Lewis: 1940 – 2020

By Spenser Stevens | July 27 2020 | GeneralHigh SchoolHistoryMiddle SchoolSocial Studies

Rep. John Lewis, nonviolent political activist, key leader of the Civil Rights Movement, long-serving member of the House of Representatives, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor, and author of the best-selling March trilogy, died July 17th, 2020.

In 2013, Lewis, along with Andrew Aydin, a longtime member of his congressional staff, and comics artist Nate Powell, worked together to produce March: Book One, the first volume of what would become the March trilogy, a three-volume graphic memoir that documents Lewis’ life as well as the course of the Civil Rights Movement. The trilogy, published by Top Shelf Productions, has garnered numerous awards including Eisner Awards for nonfiction and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, making it the first comics arts work to receive a National Book Award.

A popular speaker at college commencements and deeply passionate about working with students, Lewis frequently encouraged young people to go out and get into “good trouble.” His story is essential reading for today’s students as the national conversation on race continues to evolve daily.