WHO: John Lewis
WHAT: Civil rights icon; Congressman representing Georgia's 5th district; author of the graphic novel series March (along with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell), which won the National Book Award in 2016
WHEN: Born February 21, 1940 (Happy birthday!)
WHERE: Born in Troy, Alabama; U. S. Representative for Atlanta
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
March: Book One: "A first-hand account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights spans his youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement."
March: Book Two: "A first-hand graphic novel account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights continues to cover his involvement in Freedom Rides and the 1963 March on Washington."
March: Book Three: "A graphic novel account of some pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement."
"I loved going to the library. It was the first time I ever saw Black newspapers and magazines like JET, Ebony, The Baltimore Afro-American, or the Chicago Defender." (from March: Book One)
"This is unbelievable … Some of you know I grew up in rural Alabama, very poor, very few books in our home. I remember in 1956, when I was 16 years old, with some of my brothers and sisters and cousins, going down to the public library, trying to get a library card, and we were told the library was for whites only and not for coloreds. And to come here and receive this award, this honor. . . it’s too much." (National Book Award acceptance speech)