MARCH Book One, the comics version of the life story of Civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis. has been breaking boundaries since it was published last year and it just smashed another one; it’s the first ever graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
The awards recognize books which reflect Kennedy’s ideals of justice, human rights, and equality of opportunity, and was a champion of civil rights prior to his assassination in 1968. March will received a “Special Recognition” award at the ceremony tomorrow in Washington, D.C.
Lewis previously won a RFK Award in 1999 for his prose autobiography Walking with the Wind in 1999. And The only other time a Special Recognition Award was given was to cartoonist Herblock in 1994.
March, written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell, has been getting massive exposure unprecedented for a graphic novel since it was published last year, including appearances on Rachel Maddow and Stephen Colbert.
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