Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.
Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1950s comic book “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story.” Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.
Title: March Book One
Author: John Lewis and Andre Aydin
Illustrator: Nate Powell
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Published: August 13. 2013
My Rating: 5/5 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
I have been on a graphic novel kick, all I want to read is GN’s. When I was searching the shelves at my local library I came across March Book One and knew I wanted to read it. March is a GN but is almost like an autobiography for Congressman John Lewis. This GN takes place In modern day Washington DC and 1950’s and 60’s in the south. I love anything to do with history and ever since Glory came out this year I have been wanting to pick a book about the Civil Rights Movement. This was a great way to read about the movement because you can see the pictures and really get an understanding what African Americans went through in that time. This story broke my heart at points and really made me feel the pain. I still can’t understand how people thought that was o.k to treat a human being that way. This GN is powerful and really should be made to be read in all schools. I think it really shows the movement in a different way and I think kids should see it this way. I am now reading the second one and it is just as amazing as the first. I believe there will be three all together and I will be buying them all for my personal library!
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