Told in multiple parts, Run is the next chapter of civil rights history after the March saga, bringing to life the true story of John Lewis and many of his colleagues in the movement after the historic success of the Selma campaign. Days after the Voting Rights Act is signed into law, the Ku Klux Klan mounts its largest hooded protest march in years. Events such as this are a dangerous reminder of the external forces in our society assembling to undo the hard-won protections at the ballot box—forces who have studied the tactics of the movement and are now prepared to weaponize them. Powerfully necessary in these times, Run: Book One is the story of John Lewis’s struggle to lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), one of history’s most important nonviolent organizations, as it loses the support of much of the federal government and many of its most important allies. How can SNCC—an organization built on consensus, integration, and nonviolence—survive in the face of powerful disagreements over black political power, white inclusion, the war in Vietnam, and the role of nonviolent civil disobedience in the movement? Run is the story of loss, and in the ashes of John Lewis’s role in the civil rights movement, he finds his future in public service.
Congressman John Lewis is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is the US Representative for Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. An American icon known for his role in the civil rights movement, Lewis first joined the movement as a seminary student in Nashville, organizing sit-ins and participating in the first Freedom Ride, which challenged illegal segregation at bus stations across the South. He soon became the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and one of the “Big Six” national leaders of the movement, alongside such figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and A. Philip Randolph. As SNCC chairman, Lewis was an architect of, and the youngest featured speaker at, the historic 1963 March on Washington, and was a key figure in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. Together with Hosea Williams, Lewis led the landmark “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Alabama, where police brutality spurred national outrage and hastened passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Lewis is also the author of the award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir series March. John Lewis spends his time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC.
Andrew Aydin is the creator and co-author of the graphic novel memoir series, March. An Atlanta native, Andrew was raised by a single mother and grew up reading comic books. In 2008, Congressman Lewis mentioned to Andrew the 1957 comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story and the role it played in the early days of the civil rights movement. Recognizing the potential for a comic on Congressman Lewis’s life to inspire young people, Andrew urged him to write a comic about his time in the movement, but Congressman Lewis had one condition: that Andrew write it with him. Collaborating with artist Nate Powell, the first volume of the March trilogy was published in 2013. Aydin has written for comics such as Bitch Planet and X-Files as well as for Teaching Tolerance Magazine, Horn Book Review, and Creative Loafing. He continues to serve as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, DC.
Afua Richardson is the illustrator of the Readers’ Choice Award–winning, politically potent miniseries Genius by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman. Other works include Black Panther: World of Wakanda, X-Men ’92, Captain Marvel, Captain America, and many others. In the spirit of the Nina Simone Award she received for Artistic Excellence, Richardson has been aptly called a “Jane of All Trades.” She lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Nate Powell is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning graphic novelist. His work includes March, Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, and the upcoming Come Again. Powell is the first and only cartoonist to win the National Book Award. He lives in Indiana.
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