Monday, November 25, 2013

March, Book One

Authors:  John Lewis & Andrew Aydin
Illustrator: Nate Powell
Year: 2013
Publisher:  Top Shelf Productions
Pages:  128 

Goodreads Description:
Top Shelf Productions is proud to present the first volume of MARCH, a graphic novel trilogy co-authored by Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) and Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell (a New York Times bestseller, Eisner Award winner, and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize).

MARCH is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.
In MARCH, a true American icon teams up with one of America's most acclaimed graphic novelists. Together, they bring to life one of our nation's most historic moments, a period both shameful and inspiring, and a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.

This is a wonderfully beautiful graphic novel.  It has a brilliant frame story. I've had the opportunity to meet John Lewis a couple of times in my life. He is such a quiet, unassuming and humble man. A part of me always had a hard time reconciling the man I'd met with my idea of a civil rights leader. However, in this first book of the graphic novel series, it's made clear that John Lewis was an advocate of peaceful resistance. He fought for what was right without actually fighting. I loved the lead up to how John Lewis got started in the civil rights movement. This was a terrific beginning to the series and was, in truth, just enough to whet my appetite for the rest of the story. It's a fantastic way to learn about this period of history that happened before my lifetime. I recommend it to everyone.


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