GPC Reads: John Lewis Draws Crowd

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John Lewis

John Lewis

by Rebecca Rakoczy

The large group of people waiting patiently in line during what was a decidedly hot September afternoon might have looked unusual. But that’s what more than 500 students, faculty and staff did for a chance to get their book signed by U.S. Rep. John Lewis  (D-Atlanta) and his co-writer, Andrew Aydin.


Brought to the college through the GPC Reads program, the Civil Rights icon and Aydin spoke on the Clarkston Campus about their book, “March, Part One.” The graphic novel, told in a black-and-white comic-book style, is the first in a trilogy about Lewis’ introduction to non-violent protest and the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement.


Meeting Lewis was inspiring for many, including GPC staff member Lois Shelton, who brought her book to be signed. “I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to sit in the room with greatness—I’ve always admired him, but this just magnified it,” she said.


During his talk, Lewis emphasized the need to vote and encouraged students to persevere with their education. “The [ability] to vote is precious; the vote is sacred,” he said.

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