Book One
Lewis, John (Paperback - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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A graphic novel trilogy based on the life of civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis.
Authors: Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-
Title: March
Book one
Publisher: Marietta, GA :, Top Shelf Productions,, c2013.
Characteristics: 121 pages :,chiefly illustrations ;,24 cm.
Notes: Cover title.
Summary: A graphic novel trilogy based on the life of civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis.
Local Note: 1
Additional Contributors: Aydin, Andrew
Powell, Nate
ISBN: 9781603093002
Branch Call Number: GN MAR BOOK 1
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Report This Nov 01, 2013
  • klutzrick rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) lead an extraordinary life at the forefront of the civil rights. With the aid of co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, Lewis recounts his early life as a sharecropper's son, his first meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the formation of the Nashville Student Movement. Powell expertly portrays the important personal -- stories that include Lewis' childhood obsession with chickens -- and historical -- the terrifying moments of the nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins and others -- events. Far more than an autobiography, March: Book One, told in a series of unforgettable vignettes, relives a shameful era of institutionalized racism, the struggles for change, and the brave people involved.

Report This Sep 13, 2013
  • Mark_Daly rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story of the civil rights movement receives a fresh dramatization in this graphic novel, which tells how it inspired one young man -- who went on to shape the movement. Early on, co-creators Aydin and Powell gently but powerfully show how Lewis's deep religious feelings shaped his actions. The visual format adds a gripping immediacy to the depiction of white intimidation and terror in the racist South. With this context, one can feel how risky and radical the nonviolent sit-in movement was. Lewis's description of the careful training that preceded the protests may be illuminating to younger, activist-minded readers. Powell's hand-lettered dialogue is small and ragged in spots, but he employs a number of subtle visual techniques that bring the story to life.


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