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August 5, 2014

MARCH: Book 2 Due Early in 2015

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Graphic novels are getting another dose of political greatness in the form of John Lewis’s MARCH: Book 2, scheduled for release in early 2015. For those not up to speed on their politics or history, Lewis is the last surviving member of the “Big Six” leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement --- the most famous, of course, being Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Throughout the bestselling MARCH: Book 1 and into this, the second graphic novel in the much anticipated trilogy published by Top Shelf, the details of his incredible life and his witness to the struggles of the civil rights movement are laid out beautifully.

The first book dealt with John’s humble upbringing in rural Alabama in the 1940’s, his first meeting with Dr. King, and his ongoing struggles against segregation. MARCH: Book 2 is set in the tumultuous early 60s, as Lewis chronicles the famous Freedom Riders and their journey, his imprisonment in Mississippi and the beginnings of the plans for the iconic March on Washington in 1963. The book’s cover gets right to the point, depicting the firebombing of the Freedom Riders’ bus in Birmingham, AL by the Ku Klux Klan, juxtaposed with the 23-year-old Lewis’s speech at the Washington march.

When Lewis was young, he and other student activists drew inspiration from the comic MARTIN LUTHER KIND AND THE MONTGOMERY STORY.  Now, Lewis's own graphic novel will educate and inspire this generation to continue the fight for civil rights. The first chapter of Lewis’s trilogy has already been adopted by many college institutions as important reading for incoming freshman. With this book, the series is well on its way to becoming an important piece of American literature.