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Black History Month: Remembering John Lewis' "March" and his Lessons on Civic Awareness

Opening Black History Month, Comic-con International's Education Series looks at "John Lewis' "March": Comics to Teach Civic Awareness."

Join me, Talia Hurwich (co-author of Worth A Thousand Words), Andrew Ayden (March co-author and John Lewis' assistant), Yohuru Williams (Professor of History and Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative, University of St. Thomas), New York City Department of Education educators Jenna Ryall and Brian Carlin, and authors Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey as we discuss:

  • Congressman John Lewis' legacy;

  • '"March" (by John Lewis with Andrew Ayden, illustrated by Nate Powell) - one of THE finest graphic novels I've read;

  • How we use March in our classrooms;

  • The trials and tribulations March had on its path to publication;

  • The impact of Lewis' work and of "March" on students and on civic awareness/responsibility; and

  • Other inspiring non-fiction works that can inspire student engagement in civics.

Below is the panel. If you'd like a copy of the power point presentation or some of our lesson plans/ideas/suggestions - please contact me through this website.

In closing, I want to thank my panelists, thank the NYC DOE for inviting me to create curriculum around this and other works, and thank you to Comic-con International for hosting this panel.


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