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March: Book One Paperback – August 13, 2013
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Gr 8 Up–Beginning with a dream sequence that depicts the police crackdown on the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March, this memoir then cuts to Congressman John Lewis's preparations on the day of President Obama's inauguration. Lewis provides perspective on the occasion, explaining and describing his own religious and desegregationalist origins in Alabama, his early meeting with Dr. King, and his training as a nonviolent protester. The bulk of the narrative centers around the lunch counter sit-ins in 1959 and 1960 and ends on the hopeful note of a public statement by Nashville Mayor West. The narration feels very much like a fascinating firsthand anecdote and, despite a plethora of personal details and unfamiliar names, it never drags. Even with the contemporary perspective, the events never feel like a foregone conclusion, making the stakes significant and the work important. The narration particularly emphasizes the nonviolent aspect of the movement and the labor involved in maintaining that ideal. The artwork is full of lush blacks and liquid brushstrokes and features both small period details and vast, sweeping vistas that evoke both the reality of the setting and the importance of the events. This is superb visual storytelling that establishes a convincing, definitive record of a key eyewitness to significant social change, and that leaves readers demanding the second volume.–Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* Congressman Lewis, with Michael D’Orso’s assistance, told his story most impressively in Walking with the Wind (1998). Fortunately, it’s such a good story—a sharecropper’s son rises to eminence by prosecuting the cause of his people—that it bears retelling, especially in this graphic novel by Lewis, his aide Aydin, and Powell, one of the finest American comics artists going. After a kicker set on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965 (the civil rights movement’s Bloody Sunday), the story makes January 20, 2009 (President Obama’s inauguration) a base of operations as it samples Lewis’ past via his reminiscences for two schoolboys and their mother, who’ve shown up early at his office on that milestone day for African Americans. This first of three volumes of Lewis’ story brings him from boyhood on the farm, where he doted over the chickens and dreamed of being a preacher, through high school to college, when he met nonviolent activists who showed him a means of undermining segregation—to begin with, at the department-store lunch counters of Nashville. Powell is at his dazzling best throughout, changing angle-of-regard from panel to panel while lighting each with appropriate drama. The kineticism of his art rivals that of the most exuberant DC and Marvel adventure comics—and in black-and-white only, yet! Books Two and Three may not surpass Book One, but what a grand work they’ll complete. --Ray Olson
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This presents a graphic-novel bio of Rep. John Lewis (D), an influential activist in the 1960s civil rights movement. The word "graphic" applies in other ways than just the graphic-novel medium, though. It graphically brings back the violence of that era (without the most disturbing imagery), violence against the Americans asking for basic rights as Americans, police letting it happen. It captures some of the realities of the era, like planning an interstate road trip so as to avoid the whites-only enclaves along the way. (Planning the trip from refuge to refuge brought to mind the Underground Railroad of an earlier era, serving an eerily similar purpose.) It also brings to life the heroism of non-violence, the bravery to stand in the way of hatred and violence without responding in kind. In one brief passage, "March" notes honorable and determined people who, on looking deep within themselves, could not find that special kind of bravery. Face the enemy, yes; face with peace, no.
So much comes together to make this an exceptional record. There's Lewis himself, a recognized and honored leader of the movement, who continues to work for equality today. There's the raw drama of the time, and especially of the non-violence movement. There's that moment in living history captured before it can fade. These events occurred fifty or more years in the past, and the ones who lived it won't live forever. The time to record their stories in their words won't last that much longer. There's also Nate Powell's stunning artwork. I've valued his delicate and expressive use of the comic idiom since I first saw it, and this volume demonstrates his skill at its highest peak to date. And, I'm sure that blurb on the back cover by a living former U.S. president was not given lightly.
I can't ignore the possibility that Lewis engaged in this project at least partly as a political and publicity ploy. Politicians need to get their name in front of people, and keep getting it there, and he's a politician. If that's the case, so be it. People do things for multiple reasons. "March" remains a valid, moving, first-hand historical record whatever the motivations of its creators might be. (Powell expected to get paid for his work, I'm sure, but that doesn't invalidate the mastery displayed here.) This has my highest recommendation.
Lewis is not just retelling his past to offer a lesson for the future, but he’s providing a framework for those in today’s society looking for ways to improve America for themselves and others.
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