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March: Book Three

(March #3)

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Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Top Shelf Productions
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Erin Reilly-Sanders Yes- this book won't be confusing without having read the first two. In fact, with the different perspective on the Selma to Montgomery marches, this …moreYes- this book won't be confusing without having read the first two. In fact, with the different perspective on the Selma to Montgomery marches, this volume makes a good companion to the 2014 movie, Selma so I could see it being of particular interest. That said, the other two books are really good too--don't miss them!(less)

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Bill Kerwin
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bill by: Q

It was the evening before the inauguration, and I was looking for something to read, something that would fortify me against the dark rhetoric of soon-to-be president Trump. I decided on March 3, the final volume of Congressman John Lewis’ graphic autobiographical account of the civil rights struggle, and it turned out to be an excellent choice.

I read half of the book that night, from the Birmingham church bombing in September of ‘63 to the failure of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to
David Schaafsma
March, Book Three, masterfully completes the trilogy, but perhaps because of its awards and popularity and its timeliness, maybe they will just go on with the project. And now that Senator Lewis has passed, maybe a companion volume at least can happen. These three volumes represent 7 years of work, well spent for historians and comics lovers and tose of us committed to racial justice. So put this series on your list.

March, designed maybe primarily for teens, for a new generation of activists, a
"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana

"The past isn't dead. It isn't even past." William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

In The March Trilogy, John Lewis has given us the gift of his memory and his experience. It is an invaluable, accessible record of the struggle for civil rights, and especially the right to vote, in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. 1958-1965. The least I could do is read it.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"How could our quest for simple human dignity spawn such evil?"



This was such a hard one to read. I had to put the book down for a while. It begins with the 1963 Birmingham church bombing. People are beaten with sticks and fists. Civil Rights workers are killed. And the faces of the white crowds watching the protesters! Such hatred! Such anger! I thought surely I would never see such venomous faces again.

I was wrong.



It seems it never, never goes away. People should have never had to fight for th
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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"But even if we pass this bill, the battle will not be over. What happened in Selma is part of a far larger movement, which reaches into every section and state of America. It is the effort of American Negroes to secure for themselves the full blessings of American life. Their cause must be our cause, too. Because it's not just Negros, but really it's all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice… and we shall overcome." -Lyndon B. Johnson
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, racism
This was the last book I read in 2016, and it was an excellent way to end my reading year.

The March books are comics about Congressman John Lewis' experiences during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. This third volume opens with the September 1963 bombing of an African-American baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four girls.

That opening violence shows how bloody the struggle for Civil Rights would become. In this final volume of March, Lewis and other activists are focused
Trina (Between Chapters)
This story is absolutely 5 stars, but the storytelling felt a little sloppy in this volume. I had to check that I hadn't skipped a page several times because information would be introduced and suddenly dropped. I can understand that there are many tidbits Lewis would want to include though, and memoirs aren't as structured as fiction, but the first two volumes felt smoother to me.

Regardless, this is a comic about a real life super hero and I am so thankful it exists. I wish I'd had these books
Wow, this series is so powerful. I honestly can't imagine facing down so much violence. The story in these pages is about standing up to a system and saying we are part of this country and we demand to be included. This is one of the most powerful stories I have seen told. This series is unbelievable.

This last story is about the march over the Bridge from Selma to Montgomery. I simply can't believe the police and the brutality that was acted upon the people. I don't understand why the federal g
Book Riot Community
I have been reading through all the National Book nominees for Young People’s Literature, and March, Book 3 is a worthy, stunning graphic novel that everyone should read. The March series begins with a scene in John Lewis’ congressional office, on the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration. Through flashbacks, we get a most personal look into Mr. Lewis’ history with the civil rights movement and all that he has endured fighting for equal rights and equal voting opportunities. How grateful I am that ...more
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel series is so, so, so good. I wish Rep. John Lewis would write more of them
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-writers
The grand finale of the March Trilogy by John Lewis. My heart is full. But let's get to the things that March: Book Three taught me:

1) The tension between Martin Luther King and the younger leaders of the movement thickens as the Baptists Church in Birmingham was bombed in September 1963 and four little children were murdered. Diane Nash and John Lewis (SNCC) pleaded for an all-out revolution, because what's enough is enough. MLK (SCLC) was against this direct approach, and so the students were
Books 1 and 2 were 5 star reads for me. Book 3 took it to another level! Spectacular!! A very well done series.

5+ Stars

Read the dead tree version.
Skye Kilaen
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-graphic-novels
I teared up so many times reading this final installment of the March series. The first book felt more like necessary background information, albeit well-told and beautifully illustrated. The second was significantly more complex, and this third one doesn't let up. So much tragedy, and so much hard work and sacrifice just trying to establish the most basic of protections for African-Americans in the U.S. This series should be required reading in high schools, and for anyone with an interest in s ...more
Sam Quixote
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
I swear I’m not doing this to be “contrarian” or any of that bullshit, I’m just being honest. Don’t take my less-than-stellar rating to mean that I’m racist and against equal rights or think little of the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement. I know most of you aren’t that dumb but, y’know, this is Internetland, where stupidity knows no limit!

And yes, it’s disappointing that American race relations remain in the toilet even in 2016, largely thanks to an increasingly militant and out-of-control
So this is the book that won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2016. And it is a winner in every sense. The trilogy together gets under one’s skin. It has very little black/white discussion about it, which is exactly as it should be. The marches in Alabama and Mississippi were not so much about race as about human rights.

First off, kudos to John Lewis for lasting so long in the midst of such outrageous attacks on both his person and on his humanity. His personality must h

"We MUST have the right to VOTE. We MUST have EQUAL PROTECTION under the law, and an END to POLICE BRUTALITY."

Not much has changed since 1965, when blacks (and some progressive whites) marched all over the south, from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Speeches were made, laws were passed, but what history books usually neglect to mention is the level of brutality on nonviolent protesters. I lost track of how many times John Lewis was attacked and arrested. He was finally hospitalized with a head in
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Most of this volume encompasses the events in Selma, Alabama, that led to legislation to enforce an amendment of the Constitution. Let that sink in as to why the legislation was necessary. Why it could be achieved only after much bloodshed is one of those sad, (almost) unanswerable, questions.

I stopped in anger at the scene of police brutality toward two volunteers trying to give drinking water to those hoping to register to vote standing in line all day under the hot Alabama sun. (It also hit
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not smoothly written, but this series of graphic novels is a remarkable document of an immense courage and persistence of fighters for civil rights. Especially hard to read now, when white nationalists and racists are gaining power and popularity.
Julie Ehlers
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recently I made a vow to cut way down on my library checkouts, but when I saw the boxed set of the March trilogy at a branch near my house, I just couldn't resist. Still, immediately after I took it out, I experienced borrower's remorse. Had I bit off more than I could chew? The slipcovered set taunted me from atop a corner bookcase in my living room as I wondered if I could commit to the whole thing at once. Maybe I should just return it unread, I thought to myself, and try again some other tim ...more
My review of the March trilogy can be found here: ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? A 5-star trifecta for the trilogy!

I don't generally discuss politics here (unless it's the governing of a fantasy land!!)....

But it adds context to Lewis' stand on Trump, and his refusal to attend the inauguration. And I applaud him for staying true to himself despite tremendous pressures to bend.

This should be required reading for all ages/races/classes everywhere.
March: Book Three is the most decorated book of the 2017 literary awards season, and I'll start by saying it deserves every accolade.

It's almost overwhelming, though, how much there is to process.

For one thing, the echoes of the current political climate, and, in particular, the climate that spawned the (very necessary) Black Lives Matter movement and the (very unnecessary) backlash against Muslims, is chilling. For the longest time, when people would get their backs up about race relations, I
I'm late to the party on this one because I was waiting for them to come out with one comprehensive volume. This may or may not have happened yet, but the library doesn't have it if it does exist. I started to feel an urgency to read it, and since all three volumes are out, decided that was good enough. I'll post the same review on all three volumes.

John Lewis recounts the civil rights movement from his first-hand perspective. All three volumes are framed with the narrative of Lewis remembering
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The March trilogy is a testament to how far we've come & what we face in the present. John Lewis has spent his life fighting for the rights of the oppressed & continues to till this very day. So many people both black & white died in the fight to get civil rights. They we're called thugs, agitators, & troublemakers. None of that stopped them though because they understood 50 years ago that Black Lives Matter. The March series should be required reading for everyone. ...more
Maria Kramer
Wow. This series blew me away. It should be required reading in every high school class. It does an amazing job of personalizing the Civil Rights movement and making it more than just a series of names and dates, but a real struggle, a nonviolent revolution that cost people their lives. I'm amazed at the courage and tenacity of those Civil Rights leaders. How can you endure so much hate for so long without giving up in despair? A riveting read, and an important one. No one should ever forget how ...more
Trigger warnings: violence, murder, police brutality, racism, racial slurs.

Holy wow. The previous two books in this trilogy were outstanding, but this was a cut above. The juxtaposition between the apparent hopelessness the civil rights movement was up against in Mississippi and Alabama and the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 was incredibly powerful.

The sheer determination against overwhelming odds that Lewis and other key figures in the civil rights movement demonstrated comes through so
Karen Witzler
Like reading fire. I was skeptical about this series. I was an idiot. Every American and all American middle/high school history students should read it. The events recounted are as important as the American Revolution itself. Thanks to John Lewis and his able collaborators for all three wonderful volumes.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a humbling, hopeful, and unbelievably timely trilogy this is. John Lewis is an American hero, and what’s most amazing to me is that he refuses to quit. In the face of opposition, he keeps going. Even within the last year, he was literally “sitting in” on the floor of the House of Representatives. This is a man who believes change can still happen, even after all he’s seen and endured. That kind of strength baffles me even as it inspires. How many times could I be beaten by police before I d ...more
Sarah Weathersby
There is so much in this last installment of John Lewis' March series.
This book opens with a BOOM, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four young girls as they sat in Sunday School.
Lewis continues to focus on voting rights. I still remember vividly the day that President John Kennedy was assassinated. I was a freshman at Drew University, one of six black students in the whole college.
Lewis was the leader of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and after the killin
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This whole series is brilliant and moving and, at times, really hard to read. In the same way televised images of beatings and police taking a firehose to protestors changed public sentiment regarding the Civil Rights movement, John Lewis' story, told in graphic form, is more effective than any textbook account of that period ever could be. Here, it is visceral. It is urgent. It is powerful and deeply affecting. This last installation is no different, but it didn't feel as well-written as the fi ...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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