U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a longtime fighter for civil rights, visits East Lansing on Monday as part of East Lansing and Michigan State University’s One Book, One Community campaign.
Lewis — the only surviving member of the so-called “Big Six” civil rights leaders during the 1960s — is a Democrat from Georgia who has served in Congress since 1987.
The graphic novel he wrote with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, “March Book One,” is one of three picks this year for the One Book campaign, which invites the community and all incoming MSU freshmen to read the same material. The other picks are director Ryan Coogler’s movie “Fruitvale Station” and the memoir “The Grace of Silence” by NPR contributor Michele Norris.
Other leaders in the so-called “Big Six” included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins and Whitney Young.
For the full article, see Kathleen Lavey, “East Lansing’s ‘One Book’ campaign kicks off; U.S. Rep. John Lewis visiting E. Lansing to discuss graphic novel”, Lansing State Journal, August 24, 2014.