March: Book One

In this graphic novel memoir, John Lewis recounts his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son, to his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Originally aspiring to be a preacher, Lewis found inspiration in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s nonviolent resistance movement, and soon turned his life’s mission from ministry to racial equality. Now a United States congressman continuing the battle for civil rights, Lewis’ story demonstrates that, with perseverance, anything is possible.

Though Lewis’ story takes place in the 1960’s, it is still highly relevant today. Civil rights have once again come to the forefront of our nation’s political climate, and many similarities can be made regarding the events Lewis describes to today. Written as a graphic novel, March does not read like a history lesson, and is a powerful read. Much discussion can be had regarding both the Civil Rights Movement and about the choices Lewis makes to become the leader he is today. If you are interested in this time period in U.S. history or enjoy graphic novels, give this one a read! My only negative comment is that the pace of the story seemed weird at times. If you’re not familiar with the Civil Rights Movement, you will want to do some background research to fill in some holes the story creates.

Rating: 4/5

*YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2014

*Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor, 2014

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