Saturday, January 14, 2017

Review: March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Title: March: Book One
Author: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin (art by Nate Powell)
Year Published: 2015

Genre: YA non-fiction (graphic novel)
Pages: 121
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2017 Google Reading map)USA (Alabama, Tennessee, Washington, DC)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book for myself

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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 to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

Review: I first heard about this book when I saw John Lewis interviewed after he led the sit-in in the House of Representative last year. Then it kept cropping up from various sources so I figured I should read it.

The civil rights era in the United States is one that I have always found fascinating. The stories are familiar: segregation at every level in the south; nonviolent protests at lunch counters; marches; voter registration drives; jail time; beatings; and more. However, each time I read them I glean a new understanding of what it must have been like, what it took to stand up to the in justices.

John Lewis and his colleagues paved the way for everyone that came after them. They demonstrated restraint, honor, and bravery. That is always a good thing to read about. I definitely want to get ahold of March: Book Two and March: Book Three. This volume, Book One, takes the reader through preparations for President Barack Obama's first inauguration and John Lewis' early years (through 1960). I look forward to reading the next phases of his journey.

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