March

March

Book One

Graphic Novel - 2013
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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 1958 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. Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books selection- recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults- "March- Book One," written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, and published by Top Shelf Productions.
Publisher: Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, [2013]
ISBN: 9781603093002
Branch Call Number: 328.7309 LEW
Characteristics: 121 pages : chiefly illustrated ; 24 cm

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WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

The incredible graphic novel trilogy that starts with this book tells the story of the United States civil rights movement from the perspective of one of its key figures, John Lewis. A compelling account of this pivotal moment in history told adeptly through detailed, inventive, and beautiful black-and-white illustrations. I was moved to tears many times. If you are looking to immerse yourself in our country’s historic struggle, I highly recommend these comics.

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lydia1879
Mar 03, 2018

This was such an emotional, thrilling read.

I thought it was a little slow to start, but it feels like a great primer to the Civil Rights Movement, with Lewis name-dropping important figures left and right. It also feels like an interesting teaching tool for middle school students.

I enjoyed the artwork -- I thought Powell's artwork was interesting and his choice of lettering really added to the mood of the overall book. I love that graphic novel artists can add details and convey without having to interrupt the flow of the story-telling.

I love Lewis' story and desperately want to read more and learn more about his life. Lewis had me question my own involvement with activism in general, and how much active participation I have in activism. How many petitions do I sign? How many sit-ins do I attend? How many times a day do I use my white privilege to better the lives of others?

I think, as a white woman, it's super important for me to always ask these questions and constantly be trying to improve, do better, be more compassionate and take more initiative.

There is light where there is darkness, and there is love where there is hatred. That love has a name, and that name is John Lewis.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

A powerful memoir by Congressman Lewis about his experiences as a young man in the midst of the civil rights movement. Good for history buffs and budding activists.

rtalps Oct 10, 2017

A must-read. Lewis' life story is amazing and inspiring. A great perspective on Civil Rights-era America.

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kwsmith
Aug 27, 2017

American politician John Lewis narrates the fascinating story about his life and the role that he played, along with Martin Luther King, in establishing the early American civil rights movement.

ArapahoeLesley Aug 06, 2017

An important graphic novel to support and inspire the next generation of activists. Personal and beautiful.

JCLCourtneyS May 30, 2017

I'll readily admit to being utterly terrible at History class in school. The names and dates and battles and court decisions overwhelmed me--I wanted to remember them, and I did care about them, but I could never quite hold on to my lessons after the tests. Books like this are a gift for brains like mine. The engaging art and powerful storytelling brought the civil rights struggle to life in a way that will stick with me for a long, long time.

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shayshortt
May 28, 2017

The graphic memoir format is particular suitable for illustrating the abuses faced by early civil rights activists, and Nate Powell powerfully captures the fear and tension in his art. The decision to illustrate the book in black and white renders these events in all their stark ugliness. The violence is not sugar-coated, but nor is it gratuitous. Notably, part of John Lewis’ introduction to the civil rights movement was the 1956 comic Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Story, which was an educational comic designed to teach the principles of non-violent resistance. March carries on in that tradition.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/05/25/march-book-one/

forbesrachel Apr 21, 2017

Outstanding! The March trilogy provides a moving and engaging account of the civil rights movement through the eyes of a man who was there. John Lewis, now a congressman in the United States government, was one of the "big six", six individuals who played a key role in changing policy and practice regarding African-Americans. Each of these graphic novels is narrated from his perspective, and although he often refers to other persons and aspects of the movement, it is his experiences which form the core of the narrative. He begins his account from his initiation into the movement, and steadily moves through his involvement in the Freedom Rides, the march on Washington, Bloody Sunday, and more. While the facts are informative and interesting, it is John Lewis' candid discussion of his feelings, reasons, and reactions to events that really pulls us in. These parts just call out to the humanity in us all. Artist Powell walks a fine line with his dramatic black and white illustrations: he uses shadow and light to build tension and capitalize on emotional notes; without reducing people into complete caricatures, they can be "read" at a glance; and, moments of violence are brisk and don't pull their punches, but they are never especially bloody. John Lewis as a person is conveyed in both word and art. He is passionate about equal rights for all, is committed to a philosophy of nonviolence, and he is an intelligent and decent man. He tries to avoid painting any one person in black or white, pointing to a flawed system that has perpetuated the creation of flawed individuals. Even people from the movement, people with good intentions, took roads that he didn't agree with. March is not meant to be a definitive, unbiased look at the civil rights movement, but it does something that a history textbook cannot. It draws you into events past, it makes you feel the struggle, the determination, the solidarity, the need to have their rights affirmed. For that reason, and its overall excellence in quality, this should be required reading in school, and a must read for everyone else.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Mar 02, 2017

I loved this. It would've been a great story regardless of format and style but I think it was especially effective because of those things. Would've preferred colored illustrations but that's a minor quibble. Looking forward to reading the others in this series.

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shayshortt
May 28, 2017

March opens on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, as the march from Selma is about to be confronted by troopers armed for a riot, then flashes forward to Inauguration Day 2009, when Barack Obama is about to be sworn in as the first African American president of the United States. The frame narrative takes place in Congressman Lewis’ Washington D.C. office when a black woman from Atlanta arrives with her two sons to see the office of their representative. The congressman begins to tell the boys about his early life, and the beginnings of the civil rights movement, and continues through the desegregation of Nashville’s lunch counters in 1960.

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shayshortt
May 28, 2017

The thing is, when I was young, there wasn’t much of a civil rights movement. I wanted to work at something, but growing up in rural Alabama, my parents knew it could be dangerous to make any waves.

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