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Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Representative and an American icon, John Lewis  has witnessed history in the making and made history himself as one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement.

Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis is turning to the graphic novel format, with March (Top Shelf Productions.)

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

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Marchwas created in collaboration with co-author Andrew Aydin (left) and award-winning artist Nate Powell (center).

March also marks the first time a sitting member of Congress has authored a graphic novel. Top Shelf Productions is the first and only graphic novel publisher to be certified by the House Committee on Standards.

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Congressman Lewis spoke with Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s primetime news and information hit- “The Rachel Maddow Show.” “The Rachel Maddow Show” debuted in September 2008 and was the most successful show launch in MSNBC history. TRMS was named one of the top shows of the decade by the Washington Post in 2009. Maddow was also named a “Breakout Star of 2008” by The Washington Post, and she was named one of the “Top Ten Political Newcomers of 2008” by Politico.com.