Target: Congressman John Lewis
Goal: Applaud Congressman John Lewis for his new graphic novel chronicling the Civil Rights Movement
Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis has recently released the graphic novel March, which recounts his and others’ roles during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. A change of pace in the comic world, the graphic novel depicts real-life events as told through the eyes of Lewis. Trading violent weaponry for the peaceful tactics that he and others such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used, the graphic novel speaks out against violence for a younger generation.
Not only is Lewis to be commended for describing the Civil Rights Movement in this accessible way, but for his realistic depiction of violence and promotion of peaceful protest. While the argument of whether exposure to violent images at a young age cause negative growth in children, the fact that video games and comic books can create whimsical fantasies of guns cannot be denied. A gun is a weapon, but tends to be glorified to young children exposed to mature nonfiction television shows, video games, comic books, and more.
Lewis shows a realistic approach to a true historic event in a more accessible and interesting form to kids and adults. Thank Lewis for his hard work not only as an activist and congressman, but also as a new graphic novel author. Show Lewis as the true and realistic super hero that he is.
Dear Congressman Lewis,
I wanted to thank you for not only your work as a congressional representative and activist, but as a new and upcoming graphic novel author. Your graphic novel March deserves all the praise that it is bound to receive. Your book is a change for pace in the comic world, depicting real life events retold through your words and images. Trading violent weaponry for the peaceful tactics activists such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used, the graphic novel speaks out against violence for a younger generation.
Readers can look forward to March not only as in interesting form of history for a younger generation, but also as an example of the true troubles that violence brings. I believe that your goal of showing the power of peaceful and non-violent change can show the evils that violence brings as well as the integrity of peace. Your realistic depiction of violence and how more was solved for activists by calling for peaceful methods is truly admirable.
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