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March: Book One (2013)

by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)

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

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Series: March (1)

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This graphic novel trilogy is a first-hand account of Congressman 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 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. Book two takes place after the Nashville sit-in campaign. 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 D.C., and from receiving beatings from state troopers, to receiving the Medal of Freedom awarded to him by Barack Obama, the first African-American president.… (more)
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This book was engaging and informative. It definitely clarified some of the nuances of the early Civil Rights era for me-- it's sometimes presented as a monolithic event. I wanted it to be longer... I guess that's why it's just Book 1. ( )
  ZannaZori | Aug 3, 2022 |
A graphic novel autobiography telling the story of John Lewis. It tells the story of his involvement of the civil rights movement. It is a memoir of nonviolent protest, sit ins and the good trouble he and others got it.
  NikkiMcCulloch | Jul 27, 2022 |
March One is a powerful autobiography that tells the story of one of America's hardest times through the eyes of someone who was there to live them: Congressman John Lewis. This black and white graphic novel begins Lewis' story in 2009, on President Barack Obama's inauguration day and shares glimpses of his childhood in rural Alabama- preaching to the chickens on the farm where he grew up and even baptizing them- all the way to his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s. In 1951, Lewis' uncle Otis takes him on a trip to Buffalo, and what he sees is just the start of his changing perspective of the world. Not only do they need to be careful as they drive through the south, avoiding towns that aren't friendly to "colored" people, but when Lewis returns home, he begins to see the inequalities in his life: the streets, the school buses, the prison populations, etc. In 1955 while still a teenager, he hears Dr Martin Luther King Jr speak for the first time and soon after becomes inspired by Rosa Park's resistance; he also reads of Emmett Till's body being retrieved from the river. These events motivate Lewis to go to college, become a minister, join non-violent resistance movements, and eventually, become involved in politics. Unfortunately, only events up until 1960 are covered in this graphic novel, so it focuses mainly on the lunch counter sit-ins. Fortunately, though, there are two more books in the March series that look to detail more in John Lewis' timeline!

The graphics that accompany the novel so much emotion to the text, which is concise and easy to follow. Overall, I loved the clear and intriguing, informational yet emotional approach of this graphic novel, and I can't wait to read the other two! ( )
  SBelfry | Jul 18, 2022 |
I received this graphic novel as part of my Noir Reads subscription box. This is a richly illustrated 3-book series about John Lewis’ life and his recollections of the civil rights movement. I loved how the panels build anticipation and a sense of scale. For example, when Lewis first meets Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – he’s wordlessly led down a long corridor until he finally turns a doorknob and reaches the office where MLK Jr. looks up from his desk to say, “Are you the boy from Troy? Are you John Lewis?”

Throughout this book, I was both horrified by the seemingly bottomless pit of human wickedness and awed by the indefatigable spirit of the leaders in the movement. ( )
  MC_Rolon | Jun 15, 2022 |
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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.
  NativityPeaceLibrary | May 28, 2022 |
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Lewis, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aydin, Andrewmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Powell, NateIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Powell, NateDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ross, ChrisDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walton, LeighPublicitysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This graphic novel trilogy is a first-hand account of Congressman 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 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. Book two takes place after the Nashville sit-in campaign. 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 D.C., and from receiving beatings from state troopers, to receiving the Medal of Freedom awarded to him by Barack Obama, the first African-American president.

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