The three-part graphic novel “March” will be the focus of the Livermore Reads Together community reading program.

The Livermore Public Library has selected the three-part graphic novel, “March,” which tells the story of the mid-20th century Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of the late congressman John Lewis, for its next Livermore Reads Together community reading program.

Throughout the month of February 2021, the library will host a series of events for youths and adults that celebrate Black History Month and explore the themes in “March.”

In 1961, Lewis, who died last week at age 80, was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, civil rights activists who rode into the South on interstate buses to challenge segregation. As chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he helped organized the historic March on Washington in 1963, and in 1965, Lewis and fellow activist Hosea Williams led 600 civil rights activists in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama – a day that would become known as Bloody Sunday when they were beaten by police and state troopers.

Lewis, a Democrat, was elected to Congress, representing Atlanta, Georgia, in 1986, and served until his death from pancreatic cancer. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama in 2010.

The “March” trilogy, written by Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin, is a first-hand account of Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil rights. It is the first graphic novel to receive the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. It was also a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, an American Library Association Notable Book, and recipient of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award.

Print and eBook copies of the trilogy are now available to check out from the library.