Teaching History: Congressman John Lewis and March
On July 18, 2020, civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis passed away. A legendary Freedom Rider, Congressman Lewis was a genuine American superhero whose impact on the American story is worth studying. The March graphic novels are a great place to start.
John Lewis: Real-Life Superhero
In Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965, Congressman Lewis nearly lost his life on the Edmund Pettus Bridge as stick- and billy-club-wielding police and vigilantes assaulted peaceful marchers who were protesting racial segregation and white supremacy.
He spoke at the March on Washington. And he dedicated his life to progress on civil rights, supporting inclusive communities, and education. He was a real-life superhero.
The Congressman tells the story of his extraordinary journey — a journey that is at the heart of our nation’s story — in the three-book graphic novel series March, which Congressman Lewis co-created with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.
March: Graphic Novels Worthy of a Legend
Pop Culture Classroom has made no secret of love our love of the March graphic novels — or our commitment to the empowered and inclusive communities Congressman Lewis championed.
These books are fantastic for parents, educators, and anyone who loves history. To help unlock even more learning, thought, and inspiration, we created this March teaching guide for educators and parents..
Get the Graphic Novels
Haven’t read March yet? Here are some ways to access your own printed or digital copy to read:
- Find a Local Library
- Find a Local Comic Shop
- Buy March from Comixology ($21.99
- Borrow all three-books of March, from Pop Culture Classroom ($25 shipping, plus deposit)
Congressman Lewis spent his life advancing the cause of equality and civil rights.
Unfortunately, serious work remains to ensure all of us have freedom, justice, and access to opportunity. If you’d like to learn more, please check out these quick, easy-to-use resources on understanding and engaging with these important issues.