Graphic Novel Review: "March Trilogy" by Rep. John Lewis

I have just finished reading all three books in Rep. John Lewis’s March trilogy and WOW.  This story of the Civil Rights Movement, told from one of its leaders, is incredibly powerful.  Not just the story itself, but the visual aspects in this way of sharing the story is overwhelming in a good way.  I went through so many emotions – fear for the safety of the peaceful protesters, anger at the the white men who refused to grant these Black citizens their full rights and chose violence against them, to hope during scenes of Mr. Lewis at President Obama’s Inauguration.

Thank you to Mr. Lewis for telling his story.  He was involved with the first protests against segregation at lunch counters and movie theaters.  He was there in Washington D.C. fighting for the Civil Rights Amendment.  He marched in Selma, Alabama and marched to Montgomery.  Oh, and there were so many speeches and meetings along the way.  We also see some of his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X.

I am so glad that these books exist and are so accessible to young people as well as adults.  I learned a lot about the Civil Rights Movement, and in an impactful manner.  I was a great student in middle and high school, but my classes in American History barely touched on this part of our history.  Yeah, I remember the cool slide show my teacher put together with Don MacLean’s “American Pie”, but I didn’t feel it the way I do through the images and words in these books.  And the thing is… a lot of what the racist opposition says in these books is still being said by other white men in power today.  It is sickening how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go.

March Books 1, 2, and 3
by John Lewis
Top Shelf, 2013, 2015, 2016
121 pages, 179 pages, 246 pages
Source:  Library


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