Inspiring a New Generation of Rights Activists

U.S. Congressman John Lewis visited campus and called on a new generation of activists to organize and fight for minorities’ rights, at a speaking event and book signing in August.

Lewis was promoting March, a graphic novel trilogy about his life that occupied the top three slots on The New York Times bestsellers list for paperback graphic books this summer, when the third book was released.

“If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation, a mission, and a mandate to stand up and do something! Speak up. Sit in. Or find a way to make a difference,” said the Georgia lawmaker, who Martin Luther King Jr. nicknamed the “Boy From Troy” — a nod to Lewis’ hometown.

March portrays the struggles, sacrifices, and successes of the civil rights movement, with the congressman as a main character. At USF, Lewis, his congressional policy adviser and co-author Andrew Aydin, and illustrator Nate Powell discussed the ability of the comic series to reach young people.