John Lewis is in the midst of a victory lap right now. The longtime Democratic congressman, the last of the surviving “Big Six” leadersRead more
of the civil rights movement, has spent the past several years honoring the legacy of the Selma march, paying tribute to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and occasionally joining in nonviolent protests.
The SNCC cofounder and former NAACP chair leaves behind a legacy as a civil rights champion, an elected official, and a scholar
President Barack Obama on local civil rights legend: “Julian Bond helped change this country for the better. And what better way to be remembered than that.”Read more
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march
I have been to Selma, Alabama, at least three dozen times. My father grew up there with his grandparents and a gaggle of cousins. For much of his childhood, his front yard was a fifty-acre cotton field, and it was not uncommon to see a chicken running around with its head cut off. We visited […]Read more
On the film’s fine details, visits from Andrew Young and John Lewis, and the events in Ferguson
Selma director Ava DuVernay shot her new film about the civil rights movement’s 1965 bloody march to voting equality in just six weeks this summer in Atlanta and Alabama. Scheduled to open in limited release on Christmas Day, Selma stars David Oyelowo as MLK, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, and Stephan James as a young John Lewis. We talked with DuVernay in the fall, when she took a break from the editing room to discuss the film.Read more
The long-delayed film focuses on a pivotal period in 1965
This June, Ava DuVernay, director of Selma—the long-delayed movie about a pivotal period in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.—stood at the front of historic Wheat Street Baptist Church. She was preparing for a scene featuring Stephan James, the Canadian actor who plays civil rights legend John Lewis. “My back was turned to the door when suddenly Stephan’s eyes got big,” DuVernay said.Read more
The congressman discussed his memoir in graphic novel form and the importance of civic engagement.
Tom Heintjes is the editor of Hogan’s Alley, a journal that explores the history and influence of comics and cartoonists, and writes articles such as “Crossing the Color Line (in Black and White): Franklin in Peanuts,” and “Flannery O’Connor: Cartoonist.” In other words, he is accustomed to thinking about comic books seriously.Read more
Evidently this living legend doesn’t take himself too seriously.
John Lewis may be a living legend of the civil rights movement and a longtime congressman from Georgia, but that doesn’t mean he takes himself too seriously.Read more
He Read/She Read: A comic book artist and historian on ‘March,’ the civil rights icon’s memoir in graphic novel form
Editor’s Note: Georgia congressman and civil rights legend John Lewis has added another item to his resume: bestselling author. March: Book One, the first volume of his memoir-as-comic trilogy with Marietta-based Top Shelf Productions, grabbed the top spot in its category on the New York Times bestseller list. Lewis, who will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 Decatur Book Festival, is in Washington this week to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; he notably is the only living speaker from the 1963 event.Read more
The New York Times interviews the civil rights leader
As the country prepares to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, John Lewis, the last surviving speaker from that iconic event, discusses voting rights with the New York Times.Read more