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As everyone knows, comic books are for kids. Even when they are illustrated histories of the Civil Rights movement by authentic American heroes like Congressman John Lewis, who recounts his work for social justice in March and who was inspired himself to join the movement by a comic book about Martin Luther King, Jr. that he read in the 1950s, as Michael Cavna recounts in The Washington Post.
Attending his second Comic-Con in San Diego, Congressman Lewis decided to join more fully in the fun of cosplay, where convention attendees dress as their favorite comic figures. In his case, he re-created his own outfit from the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the March 1965 protest that would be labeled “Bloody Sunday” when the Alabama State Police attacked the peaceful marchers.
Congressman John Lewis leads the march for justice through Comic-con. (Photo used by permission of Top Shelf Publications)
Helping Congressman Lewis re-do his historic march were a class of third graders from San Diego’s Oak Park Elementary, whose teacher, Mick Rabin, a regular Comic-Con attendee, wanted them to meet Lewis and learn history from the source. When asked if his young students could truly appreciate the issues of racial prejudice and nonviolent protest, Rabin felt that they were ready to tackle them:
“Third graders can really relate to social justice, because nobody in the world comprehends the idea of what is ‘fair’ better than an 8-year-old. And ‘fairness’ is just another way of saying ‘social justice’. Kids can and really do get it.”
Yes, comics are for kids. Hopefully, the rest of us will catch up to them.