Atlanta schools to use Lewis’ civil rights book in English classes

Updated Oct 24, 2016

More schools are using “March,” U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ graphic novel trilogy about the civil rights movement, to reach a new generation of students.

On Monday, Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin spoke with students at Atlanta’s King Middle School. The Atlanta school district plans to teach “March” in seventh-grade English courses.

“March” is taught in New York City schools and in reading programs at colleges around the country, including Georgia State University.

“I think the book to some degree has become what I like to call a change agent,” Lewis told the New York Times. The book, he said, has caused “another generation to get out there and push and pull and try to set things right.”