Rep. John Lewis will continue graphic novel autobiography with new Run trilogy
Pop culture is awash in superheroes, but there are plenty of real-life human heroes out there, too. One is Congressman John Lewis, a Civil Rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and faced down violent Alabama cops on the bridge to Selma. With the help of co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell, Lewis recently adapted his story for comics in the acclaimed March trilogy. On Thursday, Lewis and publisher Abrams Books announced that they would be continuing the story with a new graphic novel trilogy, Run.
March took readers through the highlights of Lewis’ involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. March: Book Three, which became the first graphic novel to win a National Book Award, climaxed with the march to Selma and the passing of the groundbreaking Voting Rights Act. But history didn’t end there. After Lewis and his fellow activists achieved those monumental victories, their movement started to splinter. The Ku Klux Klan mounted a gigantic hooded protest just days after the Voting Rights Act passed. As the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) lost its important allies in the federal government and elsewhere, Lewis and other members struggled with disagreements over black political power, white inclusion, the Vietnam War, and broader questions about the role of nonviolent tactics. Lewis’ dedication to nonviolence would eventually lead him to run for public office.
“In sharing my story, it is my hope that a new generation will be inspired by Run to actively participate in the democratic process and help build a more perfect union here in America,” Lewis said in a statement to TIME, which broke the news.
Run: Book One will be illustrated by Afua Richardson, with some contributions from Powell. It will be published on Aug. 14, 2018.