Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) led a march of nearly 1,000 people through the San Diego Convention Center during Comic Con on Saturday.
Lewis led the march after hosting a panel discussion on his trilogy of graphic novels “March,” The Associated Press reported.
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Members of the march chanted “no justice, no peace” as they made their way through the convention.
Lewis’s illustrated novels weave his youth as the son of Alabama sharecroppers into his eventual role in the sit-in movements of 1960 and the Selma- to-Montgomery Marches of 1965.
The first installment of Lewis’s trilogy was published in 2013. The third volume received Comic-Con’s Eisner Award on Friday for best reality-based work.
The editor of “March” told the Associated Press that the book is being used in schools across the country to teach young people about the civil rights movement.
“Dr. King inspired me to get in trouble: What I call good trouble, necessary trouble,” Lewis told crowds Saturday.
“Now more than ever before, we all need to get in trouble. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate to stand up, to speak up, to speak out and get in trouble.”
Lewis received a standing ovation with his co-authors Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell at the event.