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John Lewis Helps Bring Comic-Con to At-Risk Youth

While he’s sure to spend his fair share of time alongside the crush of costumed characters invading this year’s Comic-Con International , Rep. John Lewis has also carved out time this weekend to stoke the next generation of social activists.  

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Georgia Democrat is expected to make the rounds Saturday and Sunday in San Diego to help promote “March: Book Two,” the continuation of a planned three-part series of graphic novels he first unveiled two summers ago.  

While many of the other featured guests are unlikely to step foot outside the cavernous main hall, the 15-term lawmaker is scheduled Sunday to address some 250 local children gathered together by the Elementary Institute of Science.

(Courtesy Elementary Institute of Science)
(Courtesy Elementary Institute of Science)

Andrew Aydin, Lewis’ longtime aide and co-author, as well as artist Nate Powell, are also slated to participate in the Title I-advancing event specifically designed to cater to curious minds that might otherwise not get to partake in the entertainment extravaganza.  

Per EIS Director of Development Charlene Brown, the nonprofit organization is looking forward to providing complimentary copies of books one and two of Lewis’ illustrated life story to children from Oak Park Elementary, the Monarch School, the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, Bayview Baptist Church and participants in its own Commission on Science that Matters.  

The pro-education outfit is also planning to donate additional copies of the ongoing comic — Aydin told HOH he’s plugging away on “Book Three” now — to Gompers Preparatory Academy, Lincoln High School, Malcolm X Library, San Diego Central Library and the collegiate-minded Reality Changers program.  

“Don’t miss your chance to hear from someone who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” the advertisement for the already sold-out event urges the Comic-Con bound.  

Those lucky enough to have secured a front row seat to history — “EIS has not put on a program at this level (over 700 attendees) that I know of,” Brown said of the unprecedented presentation — should plant themselves in Celebration Hall at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation no later than 3 p.m. (it’s scheduled to run until 5 p.m.) or risk missing out on this sure-to-be intimate encounter with a living legend.  

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