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March: Book One (March #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  4,714 ratings  ·  701 reviews
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures 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 ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Top Shelf Productions
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Pramod Nair
An extraordinary memoir in the graphic novel format which gives the reader a keen cognizance on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. ‘March: Book One’, the first book of a trilogy, is a riveting tale of the civil rights era told from the perspective of U.S. Congressmen John Lewis. Written by Lewis and his colleague, Andrew Aydin, the crisp black and white fluid stroke illustrations of this book is done by Nate Powell.

This autobiographical graphic novel presents the reader with an emotional visual ren
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 1963 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
I had the pleasure of reading this graphic novel which is dedicated to the life and Civil Rights work of Congressman John Lewis. The novel sheds light and understanding on Lewis' entry into the movement as well as some aspects of the Civil Rights movement that are maybe ignored, Obviously, this graphic novel could be used as a teaching tool but it is more than that it recognises a man who was an essential part of the movement. It honours all of those black and white activists that paved the way ...more
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. I struck up a conversation with Nate Powell, the graphic artist behind March, Book One, a graphic memoir of Congressman John Lewis. Lewis was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and speaker six at the March on Washington, celeb ...more
John Lewis has lived a truly remarkable life. Reading his memoir, I was astounded at his courage and conviction. And this is just the first volume of three! Even a poorly written, badly illustrated book of his life could be fascinating, and this is wonderfully scripted and illustrated. It was an interesting choice to start the book with Lewis's childhood chickens, but it was the sort of detail that made him feel more like a real person and less like a character in a book. I'm very much looking f ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Donna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every American
Shelves: graphic
I have only one complaint about this book. It is the first of three volumes and I can't wait until the next two are released.

John Lewis is one of the great men of my lifetime. If every student in America used his books and story for their February African-American History Month reports, this would be a better country. Lewis was a courageous, non-violent advocate for civil rights. He is the only speaker from the 1963 March on Washington still alive. He, more than the Rev. Jesse Jackson, is the he
Andy Shuping
Every so often a book will come along that will challenge you, that will make you think, and that will hopefully leave you a bit better after you've read it. And this is just one such book. Yes that seems weird to say about a graphic novel, but trust me…this one deserves such praise. This is a book that everyone should read, and then reread again. And then pass on to others to read. This is a part of history that we should not let die, remember, and honor those that created it.

Congressman John L
I got to hear John Lewis speak a number of years ago, friends, at some sort of attended-mainly-by-retirees-and-the-odd-college-student museum event.

I don’t 100% remember what he talked about, to be honest, but I remember that he was a very pleasant and interesting speaker. Afterwards, he took anyone who wanted to come on a walk through the museum exhibit depicting Various Civil Rights Events, where he discussed different pictures and talked about his own experiences.

All of a sudden, he pointed
This graphic memoir contains the some of the best illustrations I have seen of the hard work of Pacifism.

I think, too often, history's re-telling of the Civil Rights Movement omits the the practitioners' deep, philosophical commitment to non-violence, the incredible organization and coordination of networks across cities, and the diverse opinions of leaders in the movement. I am tired of depictions of Rosa Parks that separate her story from the Montgomery Bus Boycott and ignore the role of comm
Okay, so I cried while reading this book. Not because of the injustices of the past, let’s face it, they were horrible. But because of my own inadequacies. I don’t think I would have been able to do what needed to be done. I don’t think I would have been able to fight the good fight. The demonstrators went through torture...HELL. I can’t imagine their sacrifice and I can’t imagine myself ever doing something like that. So I give a huge dose of respect to John Lewis, his family, Jim Lawson, Diane ...more
Feliza Casano
Possibly one of the most intense graphic novels I've read, March is first in a series about John Lewis, a US Congressman who was active in the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s.

Never before have I been so moved by a graphic novel. Lewis' story combines his own experiences in the civil rights movement and expresses what words cannot through the lovely grayscale illustrations, which are at times horrifying but at others inspirational.

Because I never had to live through it, the civil rights
Initial Thought: Cool this is going to be another African-American graphic novel in the same vein as Incognegro.

This graphic novel is more suited to teaching readers about the important events of John Lewis and the Tennessee student sit ins that entertainment. I found the overall layout of the novel to be dicey. There were times when the text was extremely small and hard to read and the picture would be covering a third of the page. The book itself is a quick read and it is the start of a trilo
Mark Russell
This is a powerful and resonant graphic memoir about the life of Congressman John Lewis, his seminal role in the Civil Rights Movement, and his use of nonviolent civil disobedience as a tool in ending segregation in the Jim Crow South.

Co-written by Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell, once you start reading March, it's incredibly difficult to put down. You feel the constant danger that stalks Lewis and his fellow activists, and are overwhelmed by the enormity of simple victories over segregate
Jenny (adultishbooks)
I picked this up on a whim and I am so glad I did. The art is simple, which allows the powerhouse story to shine. This is a good example of how important it is to use graphic novels not only to entertain but also to educate. Going into it, I thought it would be dry, but it had the perfect balance of history and entertainment value.

I can't wait to pick up Book Two.
Sara  (
I can't remember the last time I felt so moved by a graphic novel.
Ije the Devourer of Books

I came across this graphic novel quite by chance on Amazon. It tells the story of the civil rights movement from the perspective of Congressman John Lewis who is a US Congressman. It tells of his role in the civil rights movement.

It is interesting to have a perspective on the civil rights movement from John Lewis. Very often in movements for social justice the books and stories surrounding them tend to focus on the key leaders e.g. Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, Mother Theresa etc. Whilst this isn't wr
Sam Quixote
A graphic novel adaptation of John Lewis' memoirs growing up in the rural South and becoming an active member of the growing civil rights movement in the 50s and 60s. Simply, one of the best books of the year. Read the full review here!
Jul 03, 2013 Mark marked it as to-read
Oh hell yes. This is gonna be awesome!!!! Mr. John Lewis, you are an awesome man and I thank you for your service to the United States. If we had more people like you in the House, this country would be in a better place.
Really exceptional and moving perspective from the Civil Rights movement. Just a really well done graphic novel - kind of bowled me over.
An amazingly beautiful story of a piece of the Civil Rights struggle.
John Lewis (1940-) is the only surviving member of the Old Guard of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, the others being Martin Luther King, Jr. (chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)), James Farmer (founder of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE)), A. Philip Randolph (head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and influential labor union leader), Roy Porter (executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ( ...more
David Schaafsma
An educational and inspirational story of the Civil Rights movement in the sixties from the perspective of one who was there and active in it... The first of three volumes, where we get background on Senator Lewis, a condensed story, but useful in getting a quick understanding how prepared these students were in non-violent activism. The art by Nate Powell, the Eisner-award-winning author of the superb Swallow Me Whole, is really great. Maybe as I read on with the trilogy I will try to come back ...more
This is an incredible book. In the format of a graphic novel, civil rights hero John Lewis tells the story of his childhood growing up in Alabama and his leadership of the lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville. His words and artist Nate Powell's powerful images paint a vivid picture of the events and main ideas of the civil rights movement for today's youth. I also loved the small details that give us insight into John Lewis' personality, from him singing freedom songs in the shower the morning of ...more
This superbly done graphic novel takes readers from present to past as Congressman John Lewis reflects on his early experiences with racism and his influences to become involved with and a leader in the non-violent civil rights movement. Occasionally a bit graphic (but never for shock value), this might be most appropriate for adults and high school teens, but it is a look at the civil rights movement from an insider's POV, with many things that made me realize how incomplete my high school and ...more
Today, I finished reading the graphic novel March Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Pros: This is American history. The story is very detailed and somewhat easy to read. The illustrations are crisp and flow with the storyline.

Cons: At times the lettering isn't clear, which was done intentionally. The words just fall of.

I am pleased with the book. I went to school in Nashville. I am very familiar with Fisk, TSU and Vanderbilt. Therefore, it made the story com
Angelica Garcia
This is a great book. I really liked this book and can not wait to read number two.the ending of the story left me thinking how can I make a change? It ended with Dr.king giving a speech no, the speech was not I have a dream. Hope that the future people that read his book will leave them thinking how can they make a positive change.
I love that this graphic novel memoir gets into the planning and strategy, not just the big events, of the civil rights movement. Looking forward to Book Two.
This book was just phenomenal. Everything from the art to the way the story was told just hit it squarely out of the ballpark.
Rebecca K
It can be hard to tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement. I think that, because we've all seen pictures and heard Dr. King's Dream Speech, been told the broad strokes like, "The Freedom Riders did ______" and "The Montgomery Bus Boycott was _____," it's easy to think that it's a story that you know. It's kind of like the Holocaust--it's a story that's so huge, and been told so many times, that we forget that it took place on a small human scale, not not just a big social upheaval scale.

Mar 29, 2015 Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: students, (comic?) memoir fans
3.5 stars.

This is a good introductory work to the civil rights movement for students, but I learned some things I didn't know about too. While clearly educational and intended to be used as classroom teaching material (there is a reading guide at the back for teachers), it was also very engaging. It's a good use of the medium not simply because of obvious things you could say about kids and comics, but because this format was able to portray some things that prose has more difficulty with. The u
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John Robert Lewis is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987 and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. He was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), playing a key role in the struggle to end segregation. He is a member of the Democratic Party and is one of the m ...more
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