Congressman John Lewis heads to SPX 2013 as a Special Guest

The Small Press Expo announced today that civil rights icon and first-time graphic novelist Congressman John Lewis, as a special guest at SPX 2013, to be held Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15.  Congressman Lewis will be in addition to previously announced guests Seth, Lisa Hanawalt, Gary Panter, Frank Santoro and Gene Yang.

Congressman Lewis will be promoting his first graphic novel, March (Book One), published by Top Shelf. The book was co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by the award-winning graphic novelist Nate Powell. This is the first book in a planned trilogy.

Congressman Lewis represents Georgia’s fifth congressional district and is a civil rights icon. Together with Hosea Williams, he led the landmark 1965 Selma–Montgomery March (known as “Bloody Sunday”), where police brutality spurred national outrage and hastened passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite physical attacks, serious injuries, and more than 40 arrests, John Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of non-violence. His subsequent career has included voter registration activism, service on the Atlanta City Council, and over 25 years in Congress. He’s one of the “big six” national leaders of the civil rights leaders alongside such figures as Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph.

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