Representations of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter in Comics



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Representations of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter in Comics

August 25, 2018 - March 1, 2019
San Diego State University Library
Research Services Entryway, 1st Floor of Library Addition (under the dome)

The Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s was a labor to end discrimination and laws based on racial segregation against African Americans. This exhibit explores both the historic and ongoing struggle for African American political rights, social justice and equality as reflected in graphic narrative.

One Book, One San Diego is the San Diego region's premiere literary program, presented in partnership between KPBS and over 80 public libraries, service organizations and educational institutions. Now in its 12th year, the purpose is to bring our community closer together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Local readers submitted over 500 nominations for consideration in 2018. This year’s chosen title is the first ever graphic novel selected by One Book, One San Diego - March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

The award-winning March trilogy is about the Civil Rights Movement, told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman, John Lewis. Now a Congressman from Georgia, Lewis was just 23 years old when he addressed the crowd of nearly 250,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Inspired by the comic, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, Lewis helped organize sit-ins, bus boycotts and nonviolent protests in the fight for racial and voter equality.

Comics on display include:

--A celebration of the March triology
--Graphic narratives about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement
--Selected superhero comics that echoed these social struggles
--Contemporary comics on continuing issues, including prison inequality, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement

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