March Book One
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Reviewed by: Lana Smith
Follow former Senator John Lewis as he shares first hand accounts of his life leading up to joining the civil rights movement and marching with Martin Luther King Jr.. This first title in the trilogy covers Lewis’ childhood and experience growing up as a black boy in the south. John Lewis recounts his desire to see change and preach to people at an early age and how it influenced his decisions to join a nonviolent activist group that organized sit ins at lunch counters and a march to city hall. This title is a graphic novel so text and pictures work together to tell the story. As a disclaimer there are uses of a racial slur in this title as the story tells about the racial unrest in Lewis’ childhood and how the nonviolent group would train their people to withstand injustice from angry crowds when they were planning their protest. This autobiographical title offers a look into the life of one of the most influential figures in the civil rights movement and is done with so much passion and talent that you are drawn into the story right from the start and are reaching for the next title as soon as you close the last page.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in history, learning more about the civil rights moment or John Lewis.