On Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, LSU University College will host noted civil rights leader
and U.S. Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin for a presentation titled “MARCH
with Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin,” in the LSU Student Union Theater at
Prior to the presentation, LSU University College will also host a book signing for
“March,” which is a New York Times bestselling graphic novel, on Oct. 21, 2014 with
Lewis and co-writer Andrew Aydin for the book at LSU Barnes & Noble from 2- 3:30 p.m.
Lewis, who represents Georgia’s 5thCongressional District, is an American icon, one
of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence
has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a
segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings
from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barak Obama in
Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents “March,” a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times bestselling artist Nate Powell, winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for “Swallow Me Whole.”
“March” is a vivid first-hand account of Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. It spans his youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with the Rev. 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 stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.