March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

This graphic novel follows the first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since Jim Crow and segregation. Rotted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader Civil Rights Movement.

The first book covers Lewis’ youth in Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., the birth of the Nashville student movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a climax on the steps of City Hall.

Years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1950s comic book “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story.” Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.