Representative John Lewis (D-GA), prominent Civil Rights leader and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, has announced along with publisher Abrams ComicArts, the second chapter in the award-winning March saga to be called Run due out in August 2018.
Run will pick up where the National Book Award-winning March left off, in the immediate aftermath of the march from Selma-to-Montgomery in Alabama and passage of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting.
According to publisher Abrams, Run: Book One will chronicle the story of John Lewis’s struggle to lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) after it loses support of the federal government and many of its allies. The book will center on the disagreements which emerged within the SNCC over black political power, white inclusion, the Vietnam war and nonviolent civil disobedience.
“Run is the story of loss, and in the ashes of John Lewis’s role in the civil rights movement, he finds his future in public service.”
According to Time, Run will see Lewis reunite with March co-author Andrew Aydin and will feature the work of artist Afua Richardson and contributions from March illustrator Nate Powell.
Lewis’s leadership has helped guide the country through many of its darkest times. His tireless efforts to end racial segregation, disenfranchisement, and ensure the blessing of equality is enjoyed by all persons is what being an American hero is all about. March: Book Three became the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award.
Congressman John Lewis is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is the US Representative for Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. An American icon known for his role in the civil rights movement.
Andrew Aydin is the creator and co-author of the graphic novel memoir series, March. An Atlanta native, Andrew was raised by a single mother and grew up reading comic books. In 2008, Congressman Lewis mentioned to Andrew the 1957 comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story and the role it played in the early days of the civil rights movement.
Afua Richardson is the illustrator of the Readers’ Choice Award–winning, politically potent miniseries Genius by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman. Other works include Black Panther: World of Wakanda, X-Men ’92, Captain Marvel, Captain America, and many others.
Nate Powell is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning graphic novelist. His work includes March, Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, and the upcoming Come Again. Powell is the first and only cartoonist to win the National Book Award. He lives in Indiana.
Andrea Ayres writes about comics, video games, and representation in pop-culture.