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
Characteristics: 121 pages : black-and-white illustrations ; 25 cm

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Archeteuthys
Apr 27, 2019

KCLS brought this title to my attention during Black History Month with a handy display next to the book return! A well-made, quick read. What makes this work special is its co-creation by John Lewis, who in his youth (and, really, today) has front-row seating to Civil Rights history in the making.

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Alyssa_RR
Feb 13, 2019

Graphics great! Awesome idea to create into visual- wow

NeelamReads Oct 24, 2018

This book is a great graphic memoir of John Lewis. It is incredible story of Lewis’ struggles for civil and human rights, accomplishments, and his life–changing meeting with Martin Luther King. It is a great first-hand account of the historical events in the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. The black-and-white artwork and personal emotion of the author makes this a standout piece of work.

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.

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

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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