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March: 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.

Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing me
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 c…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.
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
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 Spellmeier
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
Dave Schaafsma
RIP, John Lewis. If you don't know him well or at all, this wonderful and much acclaimed series was in part adapted from Lewis's autobiography. Not only for young people, though this was designed for young adults and provides a powerful introduction to the civil rights era through Lewis's eyes.

10/17/13: 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 marc
Julie G
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

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

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

I, too, am America.
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.
Greta G
March, Book One, is the first of three graphic novels chronicling late Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis’s life story.
I especially liked the story of his childhood on his family’s farm in segregated, rural Alabama. His parents gave him the responsibility of taking care of the chickens and he treated each of these chickens as individuals, talked to them, named them, protected them and even gave them sermons. He dreamt about chicken incubators the way other children dream about bicycles
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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

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
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
Jon 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.
Brown Girl Reading
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
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
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
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie, comics, ebook
This is an excellent comic biography of the late John Lewis, highlighting the civil rights work of his youth. The artwork by Nate Powell is stunning, beautiful black and white storytelling that expresses the tone of the hard times during the 1950s and 60s.

The narrative is structured with Congressman John Lewis on the morning of Obama's inauguration in 2009. It works well as people stop by his office and he recounts stories of his youth in segregated rural Alabama as a farmer. He is a very human
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
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 w ...more
Well done!! More thoughts to follow...

5 Stars

I read the dead tree edition.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and informative graphic novel! I'll be continuing with the next. ...more
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
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first of a trilogy about John Lewis’s life, this graphic novel’s defining events are the 1960 lunch-counter sit-ins and 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 things g ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bipoc-author
"No lie can live forever. Let us not despair." ...more
290517: this is what graphic history is for: read it. remember. care. hope... read the trilogy review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-writers
The March Trilogy is a comic book series, which narrates the life of the American icon and legend of the Civil Rights Movement John Lewis. It was written in a corporate effort by Lewis himself and comic book writer Andrew Aydin. The art was done by Nate Prowell. Everyone involved in this project did a wonderful job. The writing and story in general had me in tears multiple times. Everything felt so fucking real, intense and urgent. Fucking incredible. The black-and-white art style enhanced the n ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerfully written with truly incredible art, I can't recommend this enough.

This tells the story of Congressman John Lewis's early life in Alabama and his early involvement in activism and the Civil Rights Movement.

The structure is phenomenal. The book opens with two young black boys visiting Lewis in his office in DC on the day of Obama's inauguration. I mean, what a set-up. Lewis then proceeds to tell the boys the story of his life and his life's work. The structure serves to emphasize just ho
Nov 25, 2016 added 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. ...more
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John Robert Lewis was the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987 and was 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 was a member of the Democratic Party and was one of t ...more

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