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WordsWatch: Marching & Voting

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“The right to vote is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.  I risked my life defending that right.”
– U.S. Rep. John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis — whose quote, above, was first featured last month — has co-authored three graphic novels titled March.   Written and illustrated in a comic-book format, March provides a first-person window into the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.  March recently received an “Eisner Award” — the comic-book industry equivalent of an Oscar — and it previously received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.  It has been so well received that, in May, 2016, the New York City Department of Education decided that it will be part of this fall’s “Passport to Social Studies” program for eighth graders.

The Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts might want to add March to their curricula.  In fact, you might want to add March to your family’s personal reading list.   Representative John Lewis, the last surviving speaker who addressed the historic 1963 March on Washington, is often referred to as “the conscience” of the United States Congress.

Harris E. Kershnar
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