March

March

Book One

Graphic Novel - 2013
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon and key figure of the civil rights movement. 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, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March , a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole ).

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 John 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.

Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story." Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award -- Special Recognition
#1 Washington Post Bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
One of YALSA's Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
One of YALSA's Top 10 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
One of YALSA's Outstanding Books for the College Bound
One of Reader's Digest 's Graphic Novels Every Grown-Up Should Read
Endorsed by NYC Public Schools' "NYC Reads 365" program
Selected for first-year reading programs by Michigan State University, Marquette University, and Georgia State University
Nominated for three Will Eisner Awards
Nominated for the Glyph Award
Named one of the best books of 2013 by USA Today , The Washington Post , Publishers Weekly , Library Journal, School Library Journal , Booklist , Kirkus Reviews , The Horn Book , Paste , Slate , ComicsAlliance , Amazon, and Apple iBooks.
Publisher: Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, 2013.
ISBN: 9781603093002
1603093001
Branch Call Number: 328.7309 LEWIS
Characteristics: 121 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: March. Book 1
March. 1

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The story of the civil rights movement illustrated in a graphic novel, told from the perspective of Congressman John Lewis, who grew up on an Alabama sharecropper's farm. Grade 8 (4.6 - 1.0pt)

March: Book One is the first graphic novel in the autobiographical trilogy written by and about U.S. Congressman John Lewis. His account of his life and participation in the Civil Rights movement is brought to life with vibrant and expressive illustrations.

The first in an award-winning trilogy, this engaging graphic novel tells the story on how Congressman John Lewis became an activist for the civil rights movement.

The first book in this seminal trilogy, March tells the story of the peaceful fight for civil rights that occurred in the American south. It is powerful and impossible to put down.

This is a must read for anyone. The illustrations are intricate and John Lewis's story is incredible. Do not miss March Book 2 or March Book 3.


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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

NeelamReads 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.

lydia1879 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.

rtalps Oct 10, 2017

A must-read. Lewis' life story is amazing and inspiring. A great perspective on Civil Rights-era America.

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kwsmith
Aug 27, 2017

American politician John Lewis narrates the fascinating story about his life and the role that he played, along with Martin Luther King, in establishing the early American civil rights movement.

ArapahoeLesley Aug 06, 2017

An important graphic novel to support and inspire the next generation of activists. Personal and beautiful.

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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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