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Congressman John Lewis Brings Civil Rights to Life at the Library of Congress

By EW!DC / Published: 12/02/2015

The 6th and 7th grade students from the School Without Walls at Francis Stevens gazed somberly at the photo of a young John Lewis being beaten by police in Selma, Alabama in 1965 as they explored the Civil Rights exhibit at the Library of Congress. After viewing the historical documents, the students heard first-hand accounts of those events from, now Congressman, John Lewis at the Young Readers Center.
Congressman Lewis, with Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell, wrote a series of graphic novels about the Civil Rights Movement called 'March,' to educate people, especially the youth, on the history of the movement and to inspire and serve as a call to action for positive change. Each student at the event received a copy of the latest installment in the series, "March: Book Two" to take home.
At this special StoryTime event, Congressman Lewis gripped the students with his stories of activism and bravery that helped shape the Civil Rights Movement. Co-author, Andrew Aydin, a staffer in Congressman Lewis' office and constituent from his Georgia district, shared his own story and what inspired him to collaborate on this series. Congressman Lewis then engaged with the students, answering each of their thoughtful questions.  
Congressman Lewis' advice to the students: "We want to make sure that no one is left out or left behind because of their race. Sometimes you get knocked down, but you have to get up." Following up on the sentiment, Aydin reminded the students, "You have the power to change the world!"
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