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March

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Before he became a respected Congressman, John Lewis was clubbed, gassed, arrested over 40 times, and nearly killed by angry mobs and state police, all while nonviolently protesting racial discrimination. He marched side-by-side with Martin Luther King as the youngest leader of the Civil Rights Movement that would change a nation forever.

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Paperback, 560 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Top Shelf Productions
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Brandice
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
March is the story of John Lewis, a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement, and his role in the famous march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March of 1965. After having the March trilogy on my TBR list for years, I’m happy I finally made the time for it. This graphic novel series is powerful and moving - It does not shy away from the hateful, hurtful language used, the brutality endured, and the tragedies that resulted in the fight for civil rights.

While this can be difficult to rea
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Brian Burmeister
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, it takes a tragedy to open our eyes. The events in Selma, Alabama on “Bloody Sunday” in March of 1965 became such a moment, when, in a mass gathering of civil rights, demonstrators were violently attacked with billy clubs and tear gas as they attempted to march to the state capitol in Montgomery. News crews filmed the violence as state troopers beat the peaceful, unarmed protestors.

For millions of Americans who would see those images, there was no denying what had occurred. Or that it
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Z. F.
John Lewis

The Civil Rights Movement is one of those Great Moments in History™ that seem inevitable and clear-cut now but at the time were anything but. These people and events have been subject to so much mythologizing in the last half-century that most Americans feel no need to dig any deeper; like so much of our history, we appropriate the most striking symbols in defense of our own causes, and assure ourselves that if we'd been there we'd have done the right thing, too.

But John Lewis really was there,
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Book Riot Community
I was oh so very, very late to this incredible series. After the third volume won the National Book Award, I knew it was time to pick it up. I read all three books just after the new year and had no idea how absurdly relevant it would be this month. Honestly, at this point what is even left to say about March? It is informative, inspiring, more than a little depressing, and really beautifully drawn. What surprised me the most is how much more radical SNCC was than Dr. King. I don’t think I reall ...more
Erika
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this trilogy. Everyone. A powerful depiction of such an important part of American history through the experiences of one of the Civil Rights Movement's great figures, John Lewis. The artwork reaches out of the page and grabs you, forces you to face an ugly part of history that many would rather forget. But after completing this set, hopefully people will realize how important it is to remember...to remember that in the face of discrimination, bigotry, and hatred, people ban ...more
Daniel Chaikin
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
17. March (Trilogy) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
published: Book One 2013, Book Two 2015, Book Three 2016
format: 560 pages over three paperback books
acquired: in March
read: Apr 15-18
rating: *****

John Lewis was one of the big six nonviolent civil rights leaders in the 1960's. He was by far the youngest, only in his early 20's when he became the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC. But on March 7, 1965, he ended up, without the SNCC, leadi
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Brad Feld
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, history
I spent the afternoon on the couch reading March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. It's a comic book trilogy that is the story of the Civil Right Movement through Congressman Lewis' eyes.

While I'm reading very little current news right now, I am reading a lot of American history. I'm in a Civil Rights phase that started with Devil in the Grove. I'm sure some of my recent work with Defy Ventures had caused me to dig in deeper into this segment of American history. I know that my react
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Melania 🍒
4,5/5

March deserves all the stars . It’s haunting and important and beautifully made and it even made me cry a handful of times. Graphic memories are one of my favorite things in the world because they create a special relation with the reader ,it engages you in a different, more meaningful way. This is the type of book that it’s worth spending time reading ,this is the type of story that needs to be told.
Irene
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenagers, All Americans
Every American should read this series in order to understand the full history and current state of racism in our country. Black Lives Matter is not new. In 1964, Ella Baker gave a speech saying, "Until the killing of black mothers' sons is as important as the killing of white mothers' sons - we must keep on." (Book 3, p. 99)

March is a trilogy of graphic novels. This series is first and foremost a history of the Civil Rights Movement. Though written in the first person by John Lewis, it is not
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Ed
I have been meaning to get to John Lewis' graphic-biography trilogy for some time now and while it would have made a great Black History Month read last month, being a lover of puns/wordplay/etc. it still made a pretty good reading project for... well, March (of 2018). You often hear the phrase "required reading," but I can not think of a better example than this. While I did know some of the history of the civil rights movement, this trilogy clearly showed I did not know nearly enough. And what ...more
Rebecca Wilson
This book is definitely all it's cracked up to be. Not overrated. 10/10, would recommend.

First, it's probably the most coherent narrative of the major events of the Civil Rights Movement that I've ever read. This makes sense because John Lewis was there for most of them. Told from his point of view, all of those famous events—Rosa Parks & the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Freedom Rides & sit-ins, Medgar Evers & the Birmingham church bombing, the March on Washington & the Selma-to-Montgomery marches—b
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A Man Called Ove
This is part autobiography, and a first-person account of the Civil Rights movement by the author John Lewis, who was at the head of the movement. While I have read a few books - The Help, The Edge of Eternity by Follett describing how bad the situation was for the "blacks" in USA, reading it as a graphic novel was something else. The open racism and brutality from every1 right upto the Governors and judges was shocking.
The tone is matter-of-fact, no-nonsense yet passionate and engaging. The gro
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Lindsey Z
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A brilliant, beautifully rendered depiction of the Civil Rights Movement. Even though Lewis is at the heart of this story, it’s really a celebration and honoring of all of the folks and organizations who were boots on the ground during one of the most difficult and divisive times in our country’s history. This trilogy really serves as a crash course history of sorts of the movement. Lewis juxtaposes the inauguration of Barack Obama with his life story in order to trace the progression of the Civ ...more
Irene McHugh
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had heard of March on Litsy, my current favorite bookish social media platform. People were posting pictures of various pages from the graphic novels and discussing Congressman John Lewis's incredible story.

I kept thinking I should buy this trilogy. But I do try to limit the number of physical books I buy.

And then in January Donald Trump tweeted. The Washington Post wrote "Rep. John Lewis's books sell out following Donald Trump's attacks."

And I couldn't buy March? I don't think so. I waited pa
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Sue
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s tempting from a distance to focus on the grand gestures and the grand atrocities of the Civil Rights Era – such as the March on Washington that elevated Martin Luther King to national prominence and the vicious beatings at the Edmund Pettis Bridge. These events dominate the history books as well as popular lore. March, the collaborative graphic novel, also tells much about what went on behind the scenes at smaller actions and at internal strategy meetings. The civil rights movement was a da ...more
Maria Bazarte-De La Luz
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“But I am different from my father. I feel the need of being free now.”

In the first issue of March, John Lewis recalls the way that the United States was when he was growing up while he’s getting ready for President Obama’s inauguration. Segregation was abundant in America, more so in the South. Lewis lived in Alabama and was used to segregation. What he was not used to was the North. His Uncle Otis planned a trip to take him up North. When Lewis returned to Alabama, he noticed that the diff
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Ashley
Rest in Power. 2020 - my early review from colona

I first learned about John Lewis on TV and I was browsing goodreads and saw his familiar name and sure enough it was him. What an amazing historical figure, fought for civil rights, was arrested several times, and became a congressman along with other achievements. I really hope these books find there way into history classes. His memoir was interesting the ink illustrations of black and white I found like reading a memory, I was totally engrossed
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Jennifer
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have a newfound respect for the graphic novel. It's a great genre for this story, and makes the events Lewis described come alive. Which makes this a pretty emotional book, given the number of times he or other people are beaten until they black out. The whole trilogy is told alternating between Lewis's life and Obama's Inauguration Day, and I cried multiple times. Especially reading it today. ...more
Bryan
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Not just an important story, but one told beautifully. It hums with historical resonance and should be required reading for every American.
Joan
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you have an opinion about Making America Great, Voter I.D. laws, or the Black Lives Matter Campaign, you should read this book.

I didn’t really see the POINT of a graphic novel, then I saw page 68. - a picture that would be hard to convey in words. In fact, the whole story, the reality life for African Americans in the 1950's and 1960's would be hard to convey in words. For example, "Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, these were the states we had to be careful in as we made our way north...It wasn’
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Mark
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John's story and character is remarkable. I'm in awe of the civil rights movement leaders and participants - their courage, sacrifice, and perseverance. The emotive images in the graphic novel form added a lot for me.
This did feel like "history lite" and I finished with an interest in learning more. I ended up with a lot of notes to look up later while reading this - governors and civil rights leaders, speeches, and John's memoir Walking with the Wind.

A few speech excerpts that stood out:
MLK at
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Jason
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, comics, memoir
You should really read this. And read this version: all three volumes bound together in one large ongoing narrative. You should read this to appreciate the life of a national treasure and to remember a time in American history no one can afford to forget. Seriously. It's really well done. The art, the writing, and of course Representative Lewis's fascinating life story all work incredibly well. Especially successful is the narrative device of moving back and forth between Barack Obama's 2009 ina ...more
Elaine
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t typically been a fan of graphic novels, but the three-book trilogy "March" by U.S. Representative John Lewis (available via our local library's e-book catalogue) has changed my mind. The books chronicle Lewis’s roles in the Civil Rights movement, and the author tells the story, starting with his childhood years during the 1940's and concluding with the 1965 signing of the Voting Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson. I was in high school and college during the many of these years, an ...more
Dave McNeely
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely remarkable. What surprised me the most was the expansive reach of this trilogy of graphic novels on three fronts: 1) Time - the trilogy covers much more than the Selma march, but provides ample coverage of approximately a decade of the Civil Rights Movement; 2) People - the trilogy doesn't overly focus on just a few figures (MLK, John Lewis, etc.) but expands to include multiple wings of the Civil Rights Movement (Malcolm X, James Lawson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, ...more
Melinda
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Glad I set aside some time and space to read this work. Knew it was going to be emotional -- and it was -- didn't know how much I would learn about the Civil Rights movement in the process. We lost a great American when Lewis died last year. I don't know if we'll have another citizen like him with a heart for justice and equality. Some scenes that were revelations: Lewis's meeting with Malcolm X in Africa and the swivel to economic justice in the movement; the interesting relationship between Le ...more
Helena
This was my second time reading this series and it still feels as powerful and inspirational as the first time I read it. I have a greater appreciation and understanding of it now than I did a few years ago because of how much I've learned and grown since then. Everything this series discusses about the Civil Rights Movement and racism is and always will be relevant. Returning to these books was comforting and served as a reminder that there are always people willing to get into good trouble and ...more
Imogen Budetti
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In “March” Congressman John Lewis shares his experiences as the chairman of SNCC during the civil rights movement. We get to see his firsthand account of the power of nonviolent civil disobedience. In doing so, Lewis provides a uniquely nuanced perspective on leaders such as Malcolm X and Dr. King. Although this book is centered on the brutality of that time, it is framed by Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Used as a device to show progress, with recent events, what sometimes brings pride or hope is o ...more
Chickens McShitterson
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
An absolute joy and triumph of a graphic novel, though to be clear, I have long been a fawning fanboy of the late Mr. Lewis. His courage in the face of so much racist adversity stands as a testament to the will of good. Yes, the searing racism he faced is still very much alive in this country, and the righteous baton of the SCLC and the SNCC has been passed to BLM ✊🏿, but the quest is essentially the same: fair, equal treatment under the law for all. No exceptions.

Lewis’s death was difficult to
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Jack
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Took me way too long to finish reading all the trilogy but I think it goes without saying that this is an important book, especially for these times. It's so well-illustrated, and John Lewis' story is told wonderfully. The attention to detail seems to check out (at least, for someone who isn't a historian). Really FWIW I probably learned more about the Civil Rights movement reading this than I ever did in high school or college. ...more
Brian
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not the most artful or formally innovative graphic novel I've ever read, but that's not the point. It's a straightforward telling of an important part of American history--extremely beautiful and inspiring. ...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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