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March: Book One Paperback – August 13, 2013
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Congressman John Lewis is an iconic figure within the Civil Rights movement, and the last surviving member of the "big six leadership." He rose from being the son of sharecropper, to marching with Martin Luther King, and to the halls of Congress. This first book in a planned trilogy covers John Lewis's youth in rural Alabama, his first meeting with Martin Luther King, the birth of the Nashville Student movement, and the battle for desegregation on the steps of City Hall. And it comes to an end all to quickly. I finished the book saying "but, but...I want more! I need the rest of the story now!" And that's such a great way to leave readers, clamoring for the next part of the story. It's a powerful and moving story to see a firsthand account of the triumphs and sorrows of being involved in this time period in history.
Now I'm sure the first question many are asking is...why a graphic novel? Couldn't this be done in written form and come out just as well. And the answer would be...no. It's one thing to read about the horrors or having water tossed on you, or being beaten, all because of the color of your skin. It's a completely different matter to see it illustrated.Read more ›
The framing story is the inauguration of President Obama in 2009, which is so fitting for the story. A couple young boys meet the congressman and he tells them the beginnings of his story. His thirst for knowledge, life under segregation and how he came to meet Martin Luther King, Jr.
A good chunk of the story is about the lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville. How John and others were trained to be non-violent and peacefully make their point. How they protested over and over again, and how they were able to change things. It's a powerful story, and the black and white art by Nate Powell serves the story well. John Lewis received a comic book called Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story which really impacted him, and he wanted his story to be told in this format to be accessible by new generations. Very well told.
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As Americans continue to struggle with the issue of race in the year 2016, it is instructive to look back to the roots of the Civil Rights Movement. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Daniel O'Rourke
I read this graphic novel for book club and I enjoyed reading it. Well, except for the teeny, tiny print. I read most of it with the help of a magnifying glass. Read morePublished 7 days ago by A. Walker
Get this book and read it! Great for teens and civil rights movement.Published 1 month ago by Murmaids
The artwork was very poignant and the story was intriguing and sobering. It's a truly incredible way to experience history and I would recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This a very good read, I used it mostly for its documentary and illustration aspectsPublished 2 months ago by Unity Graphics and Photography
I loved this and it was written so everyone could enjoy it so give a copy to your young readers.Published 2 months ago by Joan