March: Book One is based on the life of current Congressman and triumphant Civil Rights leader John Lewis. Lewis grew up in Alabama and experienced the oppresion brought on by segregation and the Jim Crow laws. His strong faith reinforced his feelings that all people should be treated equally and fairly, but he was disappointed that he never heard such messages from local ministers and preachers. That ended when he first heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak for the first time. He began working with Dr. King and practicing non-violent resistance with other university and seminary students in Nashville. The book details Lewis' experience learning to practice non-violence and applying it during department store lunch counter sit-ins.
Why It's Worth Reading:
How often do we get to hear a true story of a significant moment in American history described in clear detail by a person who actually experienced it? How often is that incredibly rich tale detailed by equally rich and poignant art? This book is visually and emotionally stirring. It can be read in half an hour but will have you thinking about it for weeks. I'm truly looking forward to Book Two.
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
PublicationDate: August 13, 2013
Awards/Lists: ALA Great Graphic Novels 2013
Does our library have it? On order! :-)