March book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures. March: Book One and millions of other books are available for site Kindle. March: Book One Paperback – August 13, Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. March: Book One holds an average out of 10 rating at the review aggregator website Comic Book Roundup, based on five reviews.
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Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation. Read Common Sense Media's March: Book One review, age rating, and parents guide. The groundbreaking graphic-novel memoir by a living legend of the civil rights movement, March: Book One, is now available in an oversized hardcover edition. "When a graphic novel tries to interest young readers in an important topic, it often feels forced. Not so with the exhilarating March: Book One Powerful words .
Readers young and old might be curious, in this age of ultra-violence, how it is one might accomplish one's aims through non-violent resistance.
Doesn't make sense! And who's Gandhi?! Violence only begets violence, Lewis makes clear. The art by Nate Powell, the Eisner-award-winning author of the superb Swallow Me Whole, is really great, sort of sketchy and accessible and unpretentious.
If your interest in the roots of the civil rights movement in the U. It makes history come alive for young people, hopefully. Why do I imagine the audience as primarily young people? Because the book begins with Lewis speaking to young people who have come to see him in his office, and because the politics in the book are pretty simple and straightforward, not as complex as one might get in a longer treatment. But this is visually well done and the story is solid. Dec 09, Donovan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Imagine walking into a restaurant and sitting at the bar.
They won't serve you. It's not that you're too young, too drunk, or too invisible. You're just black. Then they ask you to leave because you're black. Rather shocking and unimaginable, if I do say so myself. Somehow I never knew about John Lewis or these lunch counter sit-ins. I can't say I'm surprised this history lesson eluded me throughout my unsatisfactory public education. It's not the most violent series of incidents in the history Imagine walking into a restaurant and sitting at the bar.
It's not the most violent series of incidents in the history of segregation.
But neither was Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat, and I bet you damn near every American child knows about her, even if they don't understand what it means.
Here's the thing: I don't get it. I'm empathetic, sympathetic, even angry this happened just fifty years ago. But I'm white. So I don't get it and I never will. I don't get how whites ever used to enslave blacks like animals. I don't get how a black slave used to be three fifths of a person. The best I can do is be informed on history and the black struggle, and fight for and support my black brothers and sisters.
The writing is direct but subtle, honest but lacking egoism. Nate Powell's black and white illustrations are sketchy, stark and dramatic. Much like the history of slavery and segregation itself, March reveals how terribly evil and wrong whites have been and continue to be about issues like equality, rights, and respect.
I mean, fuck, look at this nation's politics. Fifty years ago whites refused food service to blacks not to mention countless other cruelties and heinous crimes, or hundreds of years of systematic torture and slavery , and here whites are threatening and demeaning Muslims, Mexicans, blacks, gays, and women.
You wanna talk about a lack of self-awareness? An ignorance of our own history? Read this book. Don't be like, eh, it's memoir, it's black and white, there's no spandex. Real shit is happening in the world at this very moment and John Lewis gave you a survival guide.
Use it. View 2 comments. Dec 06, Trish rated it it was amazing Shelves: The third book in the graphic novel series March won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in , prompting me to have a look at the series. He liked to wear a tie and read books any day and escaped to school even whe The third book in the graphic novel series March won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in , prompting me to have a look at the series.
He liked to wear a tie and read books any day and escaped to school even when he was needed in the fields at home. The "boy preacher" gave his his first sermon five days before his sixteenth birthday, inspired by Rosa Parks' protest in Montgomery, Alabama, fifty miles away. First frames for this series open in Washington, D. It is more than fifty years between the two periods and yet they are connected in some way we know will be made clear.
Blacks were still being blatantly discriminated against in every way, and the first civil rights legislation was just being proposed, passed, and enacted. Lewis knew after hearing King one day on the radio that the gospel King was spreading was something he believed in whole-heartedly. And he gravitated to places where that message was being taught, ending up in Nashville, Tennessee with a group of like-minded activists.
The first book ends with a series of sit-ins in Nashville cafes and restaurants, forcing them eventually to serve black customers along with whites. This biography is aimed at young adults, not children. But even young adults may need someone to explain how and why there was so much opposition to integration, unless they have already seen and felt those sentiments in their lives.
I expect black youth will know exactly what Lewis is telling them, and white youth will be aghast, even disbelieving, unless they, too, live in the south. But these books are absolutely necessary at this time, to refresh our collective memories. This is life and death stuff, and they leave a little of the horror in for us to contemplate, but the steady focus and preparation necessary to challenge political power comes across as well.
As does the bravery of those who dared to resist. Highly recommended for a basic understanding of what the fight for civil rights looked like from an individual's perspective in the south of the United States in the s and early s.
Conditions experienced by blacks, attitudes of whites, the time period, the first resistance groups, and key figures are introduced. More material and discussion will be needed to answer the questions students and readers will surely have when confronted with this information for the first time. View all 4 comments.
Aug 17, David A. I was stopped in my tracks at the Nerd-vana known as the San Diego Comic Convention when I noticed a man handing out short, yellowed copies of a fifty-plus-year-old comic book emblazoned with the face of Martin Luther King Jr. I had to stop. Lewis was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and speaker six at the March on Washington, celeb I was stopped in my tracks at the Nerd-vana known as the San Diego Comic Convention when I noticed a man handing out short, yellowed copies of a fifty-plus-year-old comic book emblazoned with the face of Martin Luther King Jr.
Lewis was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and speaker six at the March on Washington, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year King was speaker ten. This black-and-white graphic novel tells the story of his early life, culminating in the desegregation of lunch counters in downtown Nashville.
Two future volumes will round out Lewis's story with the march on Washington and other seminal events in the history of civil rights in America. I hadn't known that a comic book had featured prominently and been used strategically in the mobilization of youth for the civil rights movement.
That comic, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, shows up midway through March and introduces the concepts of passive resistance and nonviolent action. Being a comic book geek of sorts, and a student of the movement after a fashion, I found this quite heartening; it makes much more sense of the decision to retell Rep. Lewis's story in a graphic novel, which struck me as odd at first blush. You forget, every once in a while as you read March, that you're sitting in on the story of a legend.
That's partly because of the congressman's approachability even in print, and the structure of the storytelling, which floats between Lewis's interior memories and his telling stories to student visitors to his congressional office. But it's also partly because of the lead-up to other legends whose stories intersect Lewis's.
We meet Rosa Parks and Thurgood Marshall--from a distance, since they weren't known personally by the congressman--and we see their faces: Parks as she defies the order to give up her seat, Marshall in a moment of disillusionment as he appeals to protestors to give up their protest.
The most disarming moments come when we meet Jim Lawson always in shadow, but orchestrating the congressman's epiphany about nonviolence and Martin Luther King Jr. King's sequence is particularly effective: There he is, Dr. King, rising from his desk to greet "the boy from Troy," to incite him toward a vocation of justice even as he warned him to count the cost of engagement. Ultimately Rep. Lewis is unable to follow through on this initial exchange with Dr. King; because at this point he is still a minor, he needs the approval of his parents, and they are unwilling to take the risks along with him.
But the epiphany of recruitment is effectively conveyed in the art and the sparse dialogue, and it is no surprise to the reader how quickly the story moves from that encounter to the scenes with Lawson and ultimately to the successful confrontation of segregation in downtown Nashville.
March is designed as a trilogy; the remaining two volumes will be released over the next couple of years. I'm eager to read them. Dec 16, Jon athan Nakapalau rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fantastic GN - so glad to see this medium finally reaching the potential it has as an educational medium. The story of John Lewis is a story embedded in the best of what America has always aspired to be - and that aspiration is needed now more than ever if we hope to march forward towards a peaceful future.
Aug 16, Trudie rated it really liked it Shelves: I need to thank fellow Read Harder comrade Claire for putting me onto this particular graphic novel series.
One of the reasons I sign on for the Read Harder challenge each year is to be prodded into books I might naturally avoid.
Normally, comics are top of that list, I just inherently prefer novels. March is like an illustrated biography of U. Obviously, this is more like a short film experien I need to thank fellow Read Harder comrade Claire for putting me onto this particular graphic novel series.
Obviously, this is more like a short film experience of these key events rather than the in-depth analysis you would expect to get from a traditional biography or history but I am always surprised by how much detail can be conveyed in a well executed graphic novel. March is a gem. I devoured it in two sittings. My only very minor quibble was some of the text was too tiny to read and the story seemed to end quite suddenly. However, I am keen to get to the next two volumes in the series.
View all 3 comments. May 28, Evgeny rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an autobiography of US Congressman John Lewis who was a leader of the Civil Rights movement and one of the key figures in the struggle to end segregation. In this book we see his life starting from humble beginning at an Alabama farm to just before March on Washington.
This is the first time I read an autobiography in a graphic novel format. In this particular instance it worked. I have to admit I am not very familiar with US history of that period.
The only two names of the people m This is an autobiography of US Congressman John Lewis who was a leader of the Civil Rights movement and one of the key figures in the struggle to end segregation. The only two names of the people mentioned in the comic I knew before are Dr. Martin Luther Kind, Jr. I learned quite a lot: I also found a new respect for Movement's people.
For this and for just being an interesting book the graphic novel deserves solid 4 stars. Jun 22, Calista rated it really liked it Shelves: The more I discover about this time in civil rights, the more I am blow away by the bravery it took to stand up to such an oppressive system. People gave their lives for this.
I am so grateful these people sacrificed and changed things.
It also makes me thing we can't go back to how it was. It was terrible. It's time to move forward and leave this behavior to the past. This is John Lewis's story. I really didn't know much about him. He was brave. They say he was one of the top 6 leaders of the ci The more I discover about this time in civil rights, the more I am blow away by the bravery it took to stand up to such an oppressive system.
They say he was one of the top 6 leaders of the civil rights movement. Boring It wasn't scary I'd say it's apprropriate for a 6 year old minus the bad words Kid, 9 years old February 8, Edgy book has tons of strong violence and strong language, but still great!
Strong violence including the protest violence, What's the story?
Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Book details Authors: Nate Powell Genre: History Topics: Non-Fiction Publisher: Top Shelf Publication date: August 13, Publisher's recommended age s: Paperback, Nook, iBooks, Kindle Awards: Great Boy Role Models. Misfits and Underdogs. For kids who love history and civil rights. Historical Fiction.
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Already a member? Sign in. Informizely customer feedback surveys. It was what we were to evolve toward in our path to moral social perfection. Unless they had an accent. White was the ninety-plus percent majority of my highschool. A handful of Latinos, some Asians, and like four black kids. There was, I think, also a French girl. She was more alien than any non-whites in our midst.
I treated the black kids I knew identically to how I treated the white kids I knew. They were just friends or acquaintances or enemies like any other kid. So far as I knew, racism was a virulence that was choked out fifty years earlier. Kids are terrible at simple math when it comes to measuring time. I never once asked myself or my friends: I knew what it was like to be an outsider.
Coming from a lower middle class family that struggled to meet ends, I knew what it was like to be an alien in what was and still is a ridiculously wealthy community. Having pretty bad acne, I knew what it was like to be uncomfortable in my own skin. Being a deeply shy introvert, I knew what it was like to have a lot of trouble socializing.
Pursuing an avid comics readership, I knew what it was like to be ostracized for awkward tastes. I knew deep enough within my soul that it informed my every public action—I knew what it was like to be different. And yet I never once considered the lives and circumstances and histories of these non-whites in our midst.
I was naive and careless enough to think that just treating people as I an individual with my own life and circumstance and history would wish to be treated was enough. I was looking forward to March wholly on the involvement of Nate Powell.