Minnesota county attorney swears to office in March graphic novel by John Lewis

Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty takes an oath on a copy of March, the autobiographical graphic novel co-written by John Lewis.

Mary Moriarty, County Attorney of Hennepin County, Minnesota, was sworn in on a copy of Marchthe award-winning autobiographical graphic novel co-written by the late civil rights leader and US Congressman John Lewis.

During his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 3, Moriarty placed his hand on a copy of March: Book One by Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. This is noteworthy, as in addition to being the first LGBTQ+ woman to be elected Hennepin County prosecutor, Moriarty is known for speaking out against racial bias in the criminal justice system. “I was blown away by this news!” the aforementioned Powell wrote in response. “I know John Lewis would have been beside himself and said this was ‘the spirit of the story at work.’ Deeply honored for our work to play this symbolic role.”

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March tells the story of John Lewis in graphic novel form

Written by Lewis and Aydin and illustrated by Powell, March: Book One was initially released by Top Shelf Productions in 2013. March: second book followed suit in 2015, with March: third book completing the trilogy in 2016. The graphic novel series tells the story of Lewis’ time as a key figure in the civil rights movement.

In addition to being an original member of the Freedom Riders, Lewis served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and participated in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, during which he survived a severe beating by police. In 1986, Lewis was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served 17 terms. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Lewis passed away in 2020 at the age of 80.

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All three entries in March trilogy are critically acclaimed and award-winning titles. Third book notably it became the first graphic novel in history to win a National Book Award upon its release in 2016. Lewis and Aydin also wrote a one-volume sequel graphic novel, titled To runwhich was illustrated by L. Fury with contributions from Powell. To run it was originally slated for release in 2018, though it wouldn’t hit shelves until 2021, a year after Lewis’s death. “By sharing my story, I hope a new generation will be inspired by it To run actively participate in the democratic process and help build a more perfect union here in America,” Lewis said To run in 2018.

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