Comic Con and Civil Rights?: The cosplay of John Lewis

One of the biggest nerd events, Comic Con in San Diego, concluded on Sunday night. It’s typically a time to celebrate all things nerdy from comic books to movie. As a nerd, I would love go someday. But, the biggest moment that stood out to me from all the Comic Con news was the appearance of Civil Rights activist, John Lewis.

While others dressed up as their favorite nerdy or scifi character, 75 year old John Lewis dressed up (aka cosplay) as himself, specifically the 25 year old John Lewis who attempted to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7,1965. This event would become known as ‘Bloody Sunday.’ He barely escaped with his life and suffered a fractured skull at the hands of Alabama State Troopers. He did all of this in the name of civil rights for African Americans.

In this simple, quiet, but effective act of cosplay he conversed with the young kids who were present at Comic Con and even led a march through the conference center. A quiet but very loud reminder that while we have come far since 1965, we still have a very long way to go. Thank you John Lewis and the countless efforts of those known and unknown who fight, protest, and even die in the name of equality.

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