Comics roundup: A civil rights legend, Congressman John Lewis, visits Durham in comics and real-life form
“Durham Reads Together” and The Durham Comics Project
A major public figure with an connection to comic books will be in Durham this weekend:Georgia Congressman John Lewis, the legendary Civil Rights Movement leader who is the last surviving speaker from the 1963 political rally in Washington, D.C. where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.Rep. Lewis’ life and experiences have been adapted into the graphic novel trilogy March from Top Shelf Comix, which has published acclaimed works such as Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemenand Craig Thompson’s Blankets. The first volume of March was chosen by the Durham County Library to kick off its “Durham Reads Together” program in July.March is a lyrical, impressionistic work based on Lewis’ memories of his early years and the Civil Rights Movement. The first volume deals with his impoverished childhood and the challenges of training for the passive resistance practices favored by King and other leaders. Lewis was inspired to join the movement based on a comic book about King, which has also been reprinted by Top Shelf.There are a whole slate of events coordinated with Lewis’ visit (the full schedule is here).