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An important book on civil rights has just been released.
“March: Book Three,” the final book in a three-part graphic novel series about U.S. Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, has opens a dialogue on faith and civil rights.
Rep. Lewis, 76, teamed up with congressional staffer Andrew Aydin, 32, and artist Nate Powell, 38, to create the compelling new work which he sat down with Religion News Service to discuss.
Here is a portion of that interview.
Q: Representative Lewis, in an earlier book of this series we read that you were asked by church leaders to tone down your speech at the 1963 March on Washington. How does “March: Book Three” deal with issues of faith?
Lewis: “Book Three” tells a story how people kept going, how people never gave up or gave in, in spite of the bombing of a church, the beating on the bridge as we had left church to march all the way from Selma to Montgomery. We kept going, we never gave up, we never gave in, we never became bitter or hostile. We kept the faith. It was the music of the church that lifted us, that carried us. … We felt like God Almighty was on our side.
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