March Book Three. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell. 2016. 246 pages. [Source: Library]
First sentence: Y'all better hurry along, now. Sunday School's nearly over, and the main service'll be startin' soon.
March is the graphic novel autobiography of John Lewis. So far, there
are three volumes in this autobiography. Today, I am reviewing book
three. It opens in Birminham, Alabama, September 15, 1963, the bombing
of a church. This one covers the rest of 1963, 1964, and 1965. The
'past' story line concludes with the 1965 Voting Rights Act becoming a
law. The 'current' story line concludes with him deciding to do a
graphic novel autobiography.
My thoughts: From start to finish, I
personally found this compelling. Not just start to finish book three.
Though that is certainly true enough. But start to finish all three
books in this autobiography. Even though this third book was longer than
the previous two, it didn't feel weighed down by unnecessary elements.
If it was weightier in substance--darker, more depressing perhaps--that
is for one good reason: it reflects what was happening. The book
definitely captures the ongoing struggle of the non-violent fight for
freedom: the spirit of determination, the bravery and courage, the
stubbornness of men and women and even children taking a stand for
something they believed in heart and soul and mind. Yes, this book is
violent and bloody, perhaps much more so than the first two volumes
even. But it shows readers--of all ages--that this "civil rights
movement" was not quick and easy. That it was something that took
years--decades even. That it was exhausting. That it took not just a few
dozen big names, but hundreds, thousands of people. One can't learn
"everything" there is to know about the "civil rights movement" by
reading one or two books. This book series showed you how BIG everything
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