March

March

Book One

Book - 2013
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This graphic novel is Congressman John Lewis' first-hand account of his 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 climax on the steps of City Hall. 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.
Publisher: Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, c2013.
ISBN: 9781603093002
1603093001
Branch Call Number: 328.73092 LEWIS
Characteristics: 121 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Aydin, Andrew
Powell, Nate

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JessicaGma Aug 07, 2019

Senator John Lewis is an icon of the civil rights movement in the U.S. and this award winning graphic novel is the first volume illustrating the struggles of trying to change the ingrained attitudes about race and society that were prevalent in the 1960s.

This is the first of a set of 3 graphic novels.

Graphic novel telling of the buildup to the famous march for civil rights, following now-Congressman John Lewis's youth in the segregated South, with eye-opening glimpses at the ingrained racism of the time and the difficulties it caused in simple everyday life.

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AlishaH_KCMO Mar 04, 2020

March: Book One is the first book in a three part autobiography graphic novel series about the early life of Congressman John Lewis and the beginnings of the fight for Civil Rights.

This is a good book for readers who like to learn about history, but maybe don't enjoy reading it as much. I myself love watching History Channel and learning about History, but sometimes find it hard to read texted books about it.

I'm usually not a fan of comics that are just black inked art but Nate Powell does a good job at the artwork. The narrative also kept me intrigued and wanting to learn and read more.

Hillsboro_JulieB Jul 02, 2019

Fantastic! March (Books 1-3) tell the story of John Lewis and his experience in the Civil Rights movement. They show the courage and sacrifice of Lewis and countless others who stood up for basic human rights and how they maintained dignity and respect in the face of adversity. This is an incredible contribution to the history of the Civil Rights movement.

Presenting the story in graphic novel format is a powerful way to help it reach young readers to inform and inspire. The writing is engaging and accessible, accompanied by realistic black-and-white illustrations which convey dramatic action and emotion, creating a rich historical record. Recommended for teens and adults.

ArapahoeChrisP May 21, 2019

This book is great! Every American should read this book.

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Archeteuthys
Apr 27, 2019

KCLS brought this title to my attention during Black History Month with a handy display next to the book return! A well-made, quick read. What makes this work special is its co-creation by John Lewis, who in his youth (and, really, today) has front-row seating to Civil Rights history in the making.

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Alyssa_RR
Feb 13, 2019

Graphics great! Awesome idea to create into visual- wow

LoveSewing Oct 24, 2018

This book is a great graphic memoir of John Lewis. It is incredible story of Lewis’ struggles for civil and human rights, accomplishments, and his life–changing meeting with Martin Luther King. It is a great first-hand account of the historical events in the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. The black-and-white artwork and personal emotion of the author makes this a standout piece of work.

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

The incredible graphic novel trilogy that starts with this book tells the story of the United States civil rights movement from the perspective of one of its key figures, John Lewis. A compelling account of this pivotal moment in history told adeptly through detailed, inventive, and beautiful black-and-white illustrations. I was moved to tears many times. If you are looking to immerse yourself in our country’s historic struggle, I highly recommend these comics.

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skdawson
Mar 08, 2018

A fantastic start to an amazing graphic novel series detailing the first-hand account of Representative John Lewis' life and his role in the Civil Rights Movement.

lydia_holmes221 Mar 03, 2018

This was such an emotional, thrilling read.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

A powerful memoir by Congressman Lewis about his experiences as a young man in the midst of the civil rights movement. Good for history buffs and budding activists.

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shayshortt
May 28, 2017

March opens on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, as the march from Selma is about to be confronted by troopers armed for a riot, then flashes forward to Inauguration Day 2009, when Barack Obama is about to be sworn in as the first African American president of the United States. The frame narrative takes place in Congressman Lewis’ Washington D.C. office when a black woman from Atlanta arrives with her two sons to see the office of their representative. The congressman begins to tell the boys about his early life, and the beginnings of the civil rights movement, and continues through the desegregation of Nashville’s lunch counters in 1960.

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shayshortt
May 28, 2017

The thing is, when I was young, there wasn’t much of a civil rights movement. I wanted to work at something, but growing up in rural Alabama, my parents knew it could be dangerous to make any waves.

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