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March: Book One by John Lewis

March: Book One (2013)

by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin (Author), Nate Powell (Artist)

Other authors: Nate Powell (Designer), Chris Ross (Designer)

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Russell, B. (2013). March. School Library Journal, 59(9), 171.
  LaurenLowe | Jun 21, 2017 |
#readorama Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case I really think that using the graphic novel medium to tell this true story of the Civil Rights Movement is an excellent choice. Sometimes a picture can deliver an impact that words alone just cannot. I am looking forward to the other two volumes and would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the Civil Rights movement and John Lewis. ( )
  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
Excellent quick history of the life of Senator John Lewis and his contributions to the civil rights battles. Book 1 largely deals with his upbringing and the lunch counter sit-ins which I previously knew little about. Highly recommend to anyone for any reason based on ease of reading and importance of subject matter. Lots of discussion could be had on the non-violence movement portrayed in the book. ( )
  rdwhitenack | Jun 17, 2017 |
The first scene in Congressman Lewis’s memoir is the March 7, 1965 attempt by civil rights marchers to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma towards the Alabama state capital in Montgomery. Lewis and the other demonstrator were beaten and gassed by Alabama State Troopers.

The scene shifts to January 20, 2009 where former SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) activist, and now Member of the House of Representatives, Lewis is waking up and preparing to attend the inauguration of the first African American President of the United States. When he goes into his office, he meets a constituent and her two sons, and begins to reminisce about growing up in rural Pike County, Alabama raising chicken.

He goes on to tell his story of a summer trip with his uncle to Buffalo, and how his experience of a big city in the north, changed his view of rural life in Alabama. He took a new interest in school, even hiding from his father during harvest and planting in order to jump on the school bus for a few extra days of education. In 1955 he heard a broadcast of sermon from fifty miles away in Montgomery. The preacher was Martin Luther King, Jr. “Dr. King’s message hit me like a bolt of lightning. He applied the principals of the church to what was happening now, today. It was called the social gospel and I felt like he was preaching directly to me.”

Urged by his mother he applied to and was accepted to the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. There he began attending First Baptist Church downtown within sight of the State Capitol. And there along with students from the other black colleges in the city, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, and Meharry Medical College, he attended a workshop led by Jim Lawson, a graduate student at Vanderbilt Divinity School and a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

The workshop was on non-violent action. The next workshop drew more students from more colleges. They began testing the policy of segregation of the lunch counters in the downtown stores. And then inspired by black students in Greensboro, South Carolina, who sat down at the lunch counters and refused to leave, the Nashville students began their sit-ins. These led to harassment and then beatings by racist whites with the tacit approval of the police, who came in after the mob had left and arrested the demonstrators. And the demonstrators were the ones who went to jail. The day after the home of their defense attorney was bombed, thousands marched upon city hall where a dramatic conversation between Fisk student Diane Nash and mayor Ben West led to the desegregation of the downtown lunch counters.

The history of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s has been told before, but there is an immediacy that Lewis and Aydin bring to this first person narrative; it’s a gritty reality that Powell deftly translates into images. ( )
  MaowangVater | May 29, 2017 |
A well-told story about an important part of American history. It was interesting to learn more both about the lunch counter sit-ins, and about John Lewis as a person. The art is super evocative, too. ( )
  lavaturtle | May 28, 2017 |
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Aydin, AndrewAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Powell, NateArtistmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Powell, NateDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ross, ChrisDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A graphic novel trilogy based on the life of civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis.

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