Black People Politics : Rep. John Lewis on the comic book that changed the civil rights movement

Clyde C Coger Jr

going above and beyond
Nov 17, 2006
In the Spirit of Sankofa,

Rep. John Lewis on the comic book that changed the civil rights movement

When Rep. John Lewis was 18 years old, he read a comic book that would change his life.

The comic book “Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Montgomery Story” became “like a bible” to Lewis -- and many others of his generation -- who became involved in civil rights.

“Many of the students at the sit-ins and later the freedom rides had read the book,” the civil rights icon told “The Fine Print” during an interview at Kramerbooks in Washington. “It inspired us to start sitting in and organizing and to follow the teaching of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.”

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