A comic book about Martin Luther King Jr. helped bring a young John Lewis into the civil rights movement.
Fifty years later, the Georgia Democratic congressman is now hoping graphic novels about his life and the fight to win equal civil rights for all Americans will serve as a guide for protesters today as they seek justice.
Forty-nine years after John Lewis and other marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, memories of "Bloody Sunday" are still vivid in his mind. It was one of the defining moments of the civil rights era.
"We were beaten, tear gassed, trampled and chased by men on horseback," said Lewis, a civil rights activist and Democratic congressman from Georgia.
Lewis — portrayed by the actor Stephan James in the historical drama "Selma" — told The Associated Press the film is "very powerful."
In an effort to get more people out to the polls this Election Day, a new group launched an effort to register first-time voters. But the group has claimed more than 40,000 registration forms went missing.