Book One

Graphic Novel - 2013
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Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon and key figure 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.

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award -- Special Recognition
#1 Washington Post Bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
One of YALSA's Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
One of YALSA's Top 10 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
One of YALSA's Outstanding Books for the College Bound
One of Reader's Digest 's Graphic Novels Every Grown-Up Should Read
Endorsed by NYC Public Schools' "NYC Reads 365" program
Selected for first-year reading programs by Michigan State University, Marquette University, and Georgia State University
Nominated for three Will Eisner Awards
Nominated for the Glyph Award
Named one of the best books of 2013 by USA Today , The Washington Post , Publishers Weekly , Library Journal, School Library Journal , Booklist , Kirkus Reviews , The Horn Book , Paste , Slate , ComicsAlliance , Amazon, and Apple iBooks.
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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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.

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.

AL_LESLEY Aug 06, 2017

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

Jun 20, 2017

March continues to move back and forth between Lewis’ life story, and Barack Obama’s inauguration. The first volume used a slightly stilted frame narrative of Lewis recounting his childhood to two boys who visit his office with their mother, who wants to teach them about the history of the civil rights movement. The second volume is purely Lewis reflecting alone on his experiences as the inauguration progresses, which works more smoothly, and also creates some interesting juxtapositions. Lewis’ election as chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee is placed alongside Obama taking the oath of office. The scenes depicting famous speeches given at the March on Washington are followed by the opening words of President Obama’s inaugural address. Aretha Franklin sings “My Country Tis of Thee” in 2009 as Freedom Riders are beaten in the streets of Alabama in 1963. This creates an effect that conveys the breadth of history, even as the closing on the church bombing creates a sobering, cautionary finish. There is always a backlash.

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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.

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.

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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.

EvaELPL Apr 03, 2017

A phenomenal graphic novel that tells the story of John Lewis's experience as a young boy and civil rights activist in the 1960s, this is an evocative and accessible window into a relevant part of our history.

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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Jun 20, 2017

March: Book Two opens on Inauguration Day 2009, and then transitions back to Nashville in November 1960. After successfully integrating the city’s department store lunch counters, Lewis and the Nashville Student Movement continued in the same vein by trying to integrate cafeterias and fast food restaurants. They also turned their attention to segregated movie theatres. However, the heart of the second volume focuses on the Freedom Riders and the March on Washington, as Lewis rises to national prominence within the civil rights movement. Despite covering several climactic events, tension remains high, as the volume closes with the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963.

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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mvkramer Apr 21, 2016

Violence: Racists beat, harass, and try to kill African-American activists.

mvkramer Apr 21, 2016

Coarse Language: The "N" word - understandably.


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Jun 20, 2017

The fare was paid in blood, but the Freedom Rides stirred the national consciousness, and awoke the hearts and minds of a generation.

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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