John Lewis, a towering figure in American history, was recently laid to rest. Famous for his courageous role in the civil right movement as a youth, and for his reputation as the “conscience of the Congress” in his career as a legislator when he got older, Lewis’s resolute demeanor and uncompromising principles became recurrent features in American popular culture.
Not many people can say they were one of the thirteen original Freedom Riders, spoke alongside Dr. Martin Luther King at the March on Washington, and led marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Fewer still can say they also presented at the Oscars, performed in the animated show Arthur, appeared at Comic Con and cameoed in a Young Jeezy music video.
A brand new documentary about Lewis, Good Trouble, premiered this year. It won’t be available for viewing on any library platforms quite yet, but in the meantime there are a variety of library materials – from memoirs to movies to comics to picture books – that paint a picture of this extraordinary American.