March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell is a fantastic graphic novel about the start of the civil rights movement. The images of the graphic novel are black and white, which I think, makes the story more powerful.
Rooted in John Lewis’ personal experiences and involvement in the civil rights movement, March: Book One begins with Lewis’ life in rural Alabama. The authors explain how Lewis’ upbringing led him to a life-changing meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
March: Book One also recounts the birth of the Nashville Student Movement along with their training for passive resistance and non-violent action as tools for desegregation. The graphic novel shows the struggle to desegregate the lunch counters in Nashville through sit-ins.
I highly recommend this book to anyone – youth or adult – interested in learning more about the civil rights movement. March: Book One is short (just over 100 pages) so you can read it in one sitting. Plus, the illustrations are amazing and add a lot to the story.
March: Book One is available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library. You’ll find it in our Leisure Reading section on the 1st Floor.
Review written by Amanda B.