Andrew Aydin

"I hope March is a guide for today's activists. It took raw courage for young people to volunteer to go to Mississippi in the summer of 1964, and unrelenting faith in the power of democracy to organize such a massive campaign."

Andrew Aydin is the New York Times best-selling author of MARCH, the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award. He is also the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors.

Andrew, an Atlanta native, was raised by a single mother and grew up reading everything, particularly comic books. After college, he took a job with the late Congressman John Lewis in Washington, D.C. A year later, while serving as Press Secretary on the Congressman’s re-election campaign, Andrew had the idea that Congressman Lewis should write a comic book to tell the story of his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Though it took a little convincing, Congressman Lewis eventually agreed on the condition that Andrew write it with him. He became the driving force behind MARCH, which reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford and Georgetown University in Washington, Andrew is also a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Honoree, a Printz Award winner, a Sibert Medal winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, and a two-time Eisner award winner. He often speaks at schools and universities and participates in reading programs with incarcerated youth.

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