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U.S. Rep. John Lewis To Speak Tuesday At Francis Parker School

By Ted Cox | May 9, 2017 5:49am
 U.S. Rep. John Lewis speaks at Francis Parker School Tuesday evening.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis speaks at Francis Parker School Tuesday evening.
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LINCOLN PARK — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a leader in the civil rights movement going back to the '60s, will speak at Francis Parker School Tuesday evening.

The Democratic Georgia congressman and Policy Adviser Andrew Aydin will discuss "March," the best-selling three-part graphic novel they co-wrote, illustrated by Nate Powell.

It was inspired, Lewis has said, by a comic book, "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story," used as a study aid in a class he took on nonviolent protest.

"March" revisits Lewis' formative days in the civilrights movement, when as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee he helped organize a march for voting rights in Selma, Ala., brutally broken up by police in an incident known as "Bloody Sunday" that led directly to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Most recently, Lewis sparred with President Donald Trump, refusing to attend his inauguration and opposing the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The free event is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Francis Parker, 330 W. Webster Ave., but is already booked solid.