Representative John Lewis received a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for his graphic novel, March: Book 3, on Wednesday night. The book, which is the third installment of a trilogy documenting Lewis’ involvement in the civil rights movement, was co-authored with Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell. “This is unbelievable,” he said. “. . . I grew up in rural Alabama, very poor, very few books in our home. I remember in 1956, when I was 16 years old, going to the public library to get library cards, and we were told the library was for whites only and not for coloreds. And to come here and receive this honor, it’s too much.”
Fellow National Book Awards recipients on Wednesday included Colson Whitehead for The Underground Railroad, Daniel Borzutsky for The Performance of Becoming Human, and Ibram X. Kendi for Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.