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March: Book One

(March #1)

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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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Robin In my opinion, conversations about race and the Civil Rights Movement (one of the most important issues of our lifetimes) need to occur as soon as a…moreIn my opinion, conversations about race and the Civil Rights Movement (one of the most important issues of our lifetimes) need to occur as soon as a child has the capacity to understand what that movement means to this country. The fact of it being a graphic novel (which is really a modern comic book), makes the issues presented accessible even to younger readers, even a curious nine-year-old.

IMO, "March" should be part of every public school curriculum, perhaps as early as fourth or fifth grade.
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Denise Lee Historical accuracy. This isn't a graphic novel, it is a graphic history or memoir.

Lewis doesn't sugar coat or exaggerate the words or actions of the…more
Historical accuracy. This isn't a graphic novel, it is a graphic history or memoir.

Lewis doesn't sugar coat or exaggerate the words or actions of the politicians, law enforcement or people on the street. As someone who grew up in the 1950s and 60s, I can assure you that this form of address was a pretty common occurrence, especially in the Deep South. (less)

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Bill  Kerwin

This first volume of the graphically realized three-part autobiography of civil rights stalwart John Lewis covers the congressman’s life from his days as a poor farm boy dreaming of becoming a preacher to his work as an organizer of the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville and the founding of the Students’ Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. As it it shifts from its frame story—a gathering of Lewis with friends and constituents minutes before Obama’s first inauguration—to the tales Lewis rela
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Malia
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished March Book 3, and I felt I couldn't quite write a fitting review until I had completed the series. This is my third foray into the world of the graphic novel, and judging by the books I have read (Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Maus by Art Spiegelman), it is a genre worthy of much more exploration. March Books 1-3 are different from anything I have ever read about civil rights, racism and the politics of this country. These books made me feel included in the struggle, that I w ...more
Kai
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"My dear children, read. Read everything."

I've seen this graphic novel around on Goodreads a few times and was super intrigued by it. It didn't let me down. On the contrary, it moved me to tears and gave me goosebumps. The novel tells the story of John Lewis, his life and his fight in the civil rights movement around the 1950's and 60's. Seeing how the world is going up in flames, it's significant to recall that resistance, that fighting for your rights, that demanding truth and fairness through
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Eve
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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"My dear children, read. Read everything."
Trina (Between Chapters)
Video full series review (spoiler free)- https://youtu.be/qcfjel-dHy0

Just amazing. A very emotional read for me since this volume was set in my city. I know these places and this history, but seeing and hearing it in Lewis's own words is priceless. The Nashville library is currently doing a big promotion of this trilogy, so I have quite a long wait for volumes 2 and 3 but will be continuing as soon as I can.
Nat
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This has been on my TBR for so long, I still can’t believe I have it in my hands. March: Book One 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.

I had such high expectations build up in my head, and I can now say that this book was truly everything
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Pramod Nair
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Bettie☯


MARCH Sweeps American Library Association Awards with Record-Breaking FOUR Wins January 23, 2017

One small quibble (don't you just love the word quibble) on the format: some of the speech in the bubbles was too small to read. As for the content, WOW, how magnificent these passive resisters were to the ugliness of racial prejudice. If you have seen/read Hidden Figures then you will know that this, March bk 1, runs parallel with its referencing to the counter closed scenario.

And I finished this on
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Diane
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful look at Congressman John Lewis' role in the Civil Rights Movement. This first book in the March trilogy focuses on Lewis' childhood in Alabama, his interest in becoming a preacher, how he met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville.

The story is framed by Barack Obama's presidential inauguration in January 2009, with Lewis telling his story to some visitors in his congressional office. This is a wonderful and moving graphic novel, and I'm eager t
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Julie
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
I can not review this book better than Langston Hughes, so here he goes:

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll sit at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed,--

I, too, am America.
Donovan
Imagine walking into a restaurant and sitting at the bar. They won't serve you. It's not that you're too young, too drunk, or too invisible. You're just black. Then they ask you to leave because you're black. Rather shocking and unimaginable, if I do say so myself.

Somehow I never knew about John Lewis or these lunch counter sit-ins. I can't say I'm surprised this history lesson eluded me throughout my unsatisfactory public education. It's not the most violent series of incidents in the history
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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, Senator John Lewis, who met and worked with and marched on Washington, D. C. in 1963 with Martin Luther King. Amazingly, more than fifty years later, Sen. Lewis just recently led a sit-down strike on the Senate floor demanding action on gun violence post-Orlando.

In the first of three volumes, we get background on Senator Lewis, a condensed story, but it's
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Trish
The third book in the graphic novel series March won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2016, prompting me to have a look at the series. Book 1 depicts John Lewis’ childhood in rural Alabama, where he grew up on a farm. His personality was revealed early, and his relatives took to calling him “preacher.” He cared more about words and concepts than the back-breaking reality of labor in the fields. He liked to wear a tie and read books any day and escaped to school even whe ...more
David A.
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Trudie
I need to thank fellow Read Harder comrade Claire for putting me onto this particular graphic novel series. One of the reasons I sign on for the Read Harder challenge each year is to be prodded into books I might naturally avoid. Normally, comics are top of that list, I just inherently prefer novels.

March is like an illustrated biography of U.S congressman John Lewis and an unfolding history of the Black Civil Rights Movement rolled into one. Obviously, this is more like a short film experien
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Evgeny
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Fantastic GN - so glad to see this medium finally reaching the potential it has as an educational medium. The story of John Lewis is a story embedded in the best of what America has always aspired to be - and that aspiration is needed (now more than ever) if we hope to march forward towards a peaceful future.
Calista
The more I discover about this time in civil rights, the more I am blow away by the bravery it took to stand up to such an oppressive system. People gave their lives for this. I am so grateful these people sacrificed and changed things. It also makes me thing we can't go back to how it was. It was terrible. It's time to move forward and leave this behavior to the past.

This is John Lewis's story. I really didn't know much about him. He was brave. They say he was one of the top 6 leaders of the ci
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Teresa
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first of a trilogy about John Lewis’ life, this graphic novel’s defining events are of the 1960 lunch-counter sit-ins and then the march to Nashville’s City Hall after the bombing of the home of the attorney representing the jailed young people. It’s still hard for me to fathom that just over a year before I was born human beings treated other human beings in such despicable ways, got away with it, and were even silently encouraged; so of course I find it even harder to fathom that similar t ...more
Char
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and informative graphic novel! I'll be continuing with the next.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
From the publisher summary:
"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
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Taryn Pierson
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poc-author
"No lie can live forever. Let us not despair."
Monica
Well done!! More thoughts to follow...

5 Stars

I read the dead tree edition.
Didi
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
the gift
this is what graphic history is for: read it. remember. care. hope... read the trilogy review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Julie Ehlers
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was excellent, but I'll save my thoughts for after I've read the entire trilogy.
Rachel León
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can tell that all the books in this series will be phenomenal, but this one ended a bit abruptly to me. But it's very powerful nonetheless. I'm reading Book Two now and it's already apparent that Book Three was a very worthy recipient of the National Book Award.
Taneka
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
K.
Trigger warnings: racism.

I've been wanting to read this graphic novels for ages now, but graphic novels are painfully expensive for something that takes me less than half an hour to read, so I could never quite bring myself to spend money on it. Conveniently, my local library brought all three volumes recently, so HELLO IT IS READING TIME.

Let's start with the fact that I started crying on the first freaking page solely because this book starts on on Obama's inauguration day in 2009. From there,
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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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