On February 12, 2015, civil rights movement icon Rep. John Lewis, (D-GA) and co-author Andrew Aydin, talked about the graphic histories of the civil rights movement they co-authored: March I and March II before a crowd of 500 in the UDC Theater of the Arts. The crowd was welcomed by UDC President James Lyons, who was followed by UDC College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean April Massey, School of Law Dean Shelley Broderick and Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Human and Civil Rights - as well as Joseph L. Rauh Professor of Public Interest Law at UDC Law. The book talk was part of CAS's "Big Read" Series.
After their remarks, Lewis and Aydin signed 300 sets of books - showing that at least a little bit of the older man's amazing physical strength and stamina remain to this day.
In his remarks, Rep. Lewis started at his own beginnings, describing his upbringing on a farm near Troy, Alabama, later joining the civil rights movement - with Dr. King coming to call him "The Boy from Troy." He told some amazing stories chronicled in the books - and Andrew Aydin's remarks were also engaging. But don't take our word for it, watch it for yourself below! Also see photos of the evening on Flickr HERE.