Book One

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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
Publisher: Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, [2016]
Edition: Oversized hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781603093835
Characteristics: 121 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 31 cm


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Gr 8+. Book 1 of trilogy

All three books of March are riveting and a great visual way to learn about and relive the civil rights movement.

In this first of three volumes, Representative John Lewis (D-GA) lays the groundwork for his lifelong commitment to the Civil Rights Movement. Learn more about the history of the movement from the perspective of an individual integral to its past and present.

In this three part graphic novel, congressperson John Lewis recounts his lifelong struggle for civil rights in America.

Inspirational story about the true heroes of justice and peace.

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 15, 2021

As we approach MLK Day 2021, I'm returning to review an enduring favorite: this graphic novel memoir written by Representative John Lewis in three parts. All are amazing. This is the first in the series. They are set against the backdrop of President Obama's first inauguration through Rep. Lewis' eyes and then flashes back to his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. Want a primer on readable primer on the events of the Civil Rights Movement? This is your book series!

Dec 17, 2020

The details about personal lives and organizing strategy make this both gripping and worthy of in-depth study. The civil rights movement is often simplified and declawed, in a way that makes it seem dreamy, passive, and inapplicable to contemporary politics. This shows otherwise, with specifics of tactical strengths and weaknesses that resonate in the age of Black Lives Matter.

Sep 25, 2020

Dina Hardy Recommendation

Sep 15, 2020

In the first installation of the graphic novel trilogy, John Lewis, the former US Congressional District Representative for Georgia, gives an inspiring and boarder look at the Civil Rights Movement through his personal account. In these true events, Lewis describes the notable role he and other activists presented in ending legal racial discrimination. In addition to Lewis’s organized sit-ins and marches for civil rights, an essential part of US History is expanded on with mentions of hidden key figures alongside revolutionary fighters, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. March: Book 1 serves as a remembrance of the injustice a segregated America went through to create the diverse country we live in today.

I liked how the book, filled with appalling but genuine records, gives a deeper understanding of the Civil Rights Movement. March: Book 1 was inspiring yet painful to read, knowing that the accounts given were all real. I was able to feel the anger induced inside segregation, and I was able to learn many things that our history books briefly touch upon. This book gave me an unobstructed view on the times of a segregated and Jim Crow. I admired the courage and challenges people playing in contributing to the larger movement of ending legal racial discrimination. This book shows the transparency of the harsh realities of that time and includes such heavy and prominent actions of nonviolence that I believe is very important for everyone to read upon. There are millions of discussion to be done about this segregation and civil rights in every household, and reading this book is the first step.

I recommend everyone to read this book. March: Book 1 serves as a reminder of what has been done on American soil, and inspires a future leader in the reader to fight for change.

CircMary Jul 20, 2020

Learn about the life of a great American by reading this award-winning trilogy - an autobiography in graphic novel form of the late John Lewis. He chose to use the same genre that helped him learn about his own hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Or re-read it in his honor.

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.

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.

Feb 13, 2019

Graphics great! Awesome idea to create into visual- wow

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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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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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