March: Book Three
By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Illustrated by Nate Powell
Publisher: Top Shelf Comics Copyright Year: 2016 ISBN/ISSN: 9781603094023
This graphic memoir completes the highly acclaimed March trilogy, which details Congressman John Lewis’ role in the Civil Rights Movement. While it is the third installment, it can also be read on its own. The story focuses on the movement’s efforts toward voting rights for all Americans because of the restrictions set against African Americans, even after the Civil Rights Act had passed. Lewis was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the time, and his work was instrumental in the eventual passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The action of the story includes protests, press conferences, and marches, including Bloody Sunday and the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The brief glimpses into present day are touching and placed for maximum impact within the memoir. Powell’s b&w illustrations use light, shadow, and strong facial expressions to convey mood. American history and literature teachers will appreciate this first-person account of a troubling time in the country’s history, with scenes featuring civil rights heroes like Martin Luther King, Jr.; Rosa Parks; Malcolm X; and Lewis himself, while teenagers will be drawn in by the format and action.
Reviewer: Tara Williams
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 9-12
Review Date: January 1, 2017
By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression:"One Man, One Vote."
To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.
With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening ... even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.
Media Type Book, eBook
# Pages 256
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC) 9-12
Content Subject 1 American History
Content Subject 2 Culture & Diversity
Time Period 20th century
Region North America
Entry ID: 2055226