It’s been a year and a half since Congressman John Lewis, together with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, released their landmark graphic novel March: Book One. The start of a trilogy about the life of Congressman Lewis—a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who spoke from the same podium as Dr. Martin Luther King on the day in 1963 when the latter delivered his classic ”I Have a Dream” speech—March took the world by surprise. Acclaimed by the comics press and social justice activists alike, it was an engaging and accessible work of nonfiction about one of the most important moments in American history.
This week, Lewis, Aydin, and Powell return with March: Book Two. It is, according to Congressman Lewis, a very different experience—while Book One served as an introduction to his life and how he learned about nonviolent activism and civil disobedience, Book Two‘s purpose is to show readers “the path, the distance that I have traveled to make our country a better place,” says the Congressman. “It is drama. It is real.”