March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

by John Lewis

Other authorsNate Powell (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2016





Top Shelf Productions (2016), Edition: Slp, 560 pages


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 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. Book two takes place after the Nashville sit-in campaign. 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. Book three goes back in time to when Lewis is 25 years old and is chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.… (more)

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LibraryThing member dougcornelius
Perhaps President Trump should have read theses graphic novels before criticizing John Lewis. The three books tell his harrowing story of standing up for black civil rights in the 1960s along side King and Malcolm X. He endures incredible abuse to fight segregation and to clear obstacles to black voter registration.

His story is wrapped around his 2009 attendance to the inauguration of President Obama. Poignantly, it shows how far we have come as a country, overcoming institutional racism to elect a black president.

Sadly, it's a reminder of how we are now slipping backwards.
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LibraryThing member dchaikin
17. March (Trilogy) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
published: Book One 2013, Book Two 2015, Book Three 2016
format: 560 pages over three paperback books
acquired: in March
read: Apr 15-18
rating: *****

John Lewis was one of the big six nonviolent civil rights leaders in the 1960's. He was by far the youngest, only in his early 20's when he became the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC. But on March 7, 1965, he ended up, without the SNCC, leading the march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital that provoked Bloody Sunday. Just outside Selma, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Alabama state police waited and then attacked the marchers with billy clubs in front of TV cameras. They were so brutal that Lewis ended up with a cracked skull. Public outrage over the event gave Lyndon Johnson the necessary momentum to push through the Voting Rights Act. Lewis did a lot of things, but literally getting his head cracked that day would be his most important.

Recommended because it's well done, and an amazing and moving story, and because we forget how deep the blind racism in the country was, and, apparently still is. And because of the insight into other civil rights leaders and some of the other leaders of the era. I think what struck me was how alone Lewis was, especially the night he was attacked and later was left by himself in a hospital bed, overnight, in pain. He would give an important speech the next day.
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LibraryThing member JBD1
Read these books. Just read them. John Lewis' story is brilliantly portrayed here in graphic novel form, which I think proves very effective for the purpose.
LibraryThing member mzonderm
John Lewis's story is powerful no matter how it's told, whether in person (as I had the privilege of first hearing it), written long-form in his memoirs for adult audiences, or written more simply in this graphic form for younger audiences.

Setting his story within the frame of the day of Barack Obama's inauguration is such a powerful counterpoint that it gave me the shivers. Thinking about his story in terms of what's happening in this country now makes me want to cry.… (more)
LibraryThing member Doondeck
Very good summary of John Lewis' life and accomplishments. The graphic idea works well.
LibraryThing member gharhar
Wow. This graphic novel by John Lewis is an epic piece of history. It begins on President Obama's inaguaration day in 2009. John Lewis is in his office when a woman and her two sons knock on the door. They are in DC from Atlanta for the inaguaration and she wanted to show her boys a piece of history. John Lewis begins to tell them his story and the novel then shifts to his childhood, where he grew up on a small farm Alabama. The trilogy takes us through Lewis's life and the civil rights movement. It's a powerful book.… (more)
LibraryThing member harrietbrown
The first volume of [book:March: Book One|17346698] begins with the Inauguration Day of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. Congressman John Lewis is getting ready to attend the Inauguration when a woman with her two young sons comes into his office to visit. The story of "March" is told through Mr. Lewis's conversation with these two young boys, as well as his thoughts on Inauguration Day.

I loved this story! I was looking for a book to hold my attention (it's been hard to focus and nothing I was reading was doing it for me), and this did the job, and more! It engaged my emotions, my sense of history, and my need to just hear a really good, edge-of-the-seat story. It's supposedly a young adult comic book series, but it appealed to me, just because I had never heard a first-person narrative of the Civil Rights Movement told in such a way: from the beginning of the movement, to the Inauguration of the first African-American President of the United States.

If you made the mistake of thinking Mr. John Lewis was just some silly old man who took it into his head to sit down on the floor of the House of Representatives for some silly protest against gun violence, you seriously need to reconsider his role in history, and reading this book, and the whole trilogy of "March," is a good place to begin. Keep in mind that we ignore history at our peril.
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