Saturday, June 6, 2015

March: Book One

Lewis, J. & Aydin, A. (2013). March: Book One. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions.

Adult/YA / Graphic Novel / Nonfiction / Historical

I gave this 5 of 5 stars.

Goodreads Blurb (excerpt):
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.

March provides excellent information presented in a format that will likely draw-in a wide base of readers -- including reluctant readers -- to learn about these very important events in the civil rights movement.  Nate Powell's illustrations really convey each character's emotions and feelings, and of course, given that it's autobiographical from the much respected US Congressman John Lewis adds the punch to make this graphic novel a must-read for young adults and adults alike.  Lewis does a great job of honoring both black and white activists of the times and reminding readers of the struggles in trying to protest in non-violent ways -- especially when so many were (are?) so quick to resort to violence to "solve" problems. 

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give.

ABOUT REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LEWIS: (from Goodreads) 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. 
Find out more on Congressman Lewis:
CBS This Morning featured an amazing segment on the award-winning March series created by Congressman John LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, calling Lewis a "civil rights superhero."  Click to view!


Published Jan. 2015


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