March, Book Oneby John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon and key figure of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from/b>/i>
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon and key figure of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.
Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story." Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.
Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition
#1 Washington Post Bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
One of YALSA's Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
One of YALSA's Top 10 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
One of YALSA's Outstanding Books for the College Bound
One of Reader's Digest's Graphic Novels Every Grown-Up Should Read
Endorsed by NYC Public Schools' "NYC Reads 365" program
Selected for first-year reading programs by Michigan State University, Marquette University, and Georgia State University
Nominated for three Will Eisner Awards
Nominated for the Glyph Award
Named one of the best books of 2013 by USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, Paste, Slate, ComicsAlliance, Amazon, and Apple iBooks.
his aide Aydin, and Powell, one of the finest American comics artists going.
After a kicker set on Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965
(the civil rights movement's Bloody Sunday), the story makes January 20, 2009
(President Obama's inauguration) a base of operations as it samples Lewis' past via his reminiscences for two schoolboys and their mother, who've shown up early at his office on that milestone day for African Americans. This first of three volumes of Lewis' story brings him from boyhood on the farm, where he doted over the chickens and dreamed of being a preacher, through high school to college,
when he met nonviolent activists who showed him a means of undermining segregation-to begin with, at the department-store lunch counters of Nashville.
Powell is at his dazzling best throughout, changing angle-of-regard from panel to panel while lighting each with appropriate drama. The kineticism of his art rivals that of the most exuberant DC and Marvel adventure comics-and in black-and-white only, yet! Books Two and Three may not surpass Book One, but what a grand work they'll complete. - Ray Olson
Eisner winner Powell's dramatic black-and-white graphic art ratchets up the intensity in this autobiographical opener by a major figure in the civil rights movement.
In this first of a projected trilogy, Lewis, one of the original Freedom Riders and currently in his 13th term as a U.S. Representative,
recalls his early years-from raising (and preaching to) chickens on an Alabama farm to meeting Martin Luther King Jr. and joining lunch-counter sit-ins in
Nashville in 1960. The account flashes back and forth between a conversation with two young visitors in Lewis' congressional office just prior to Barack
Obama's 2009 inauguration and events five or more decades ago. His education in nonviolence forms the central theme, and both in his frank, self-effacing accounts of rising tides of protest being met with increasingly violent responses and in Powell's dark, cinematically angled and sequenced panels, the heroism of those who sat and marched and bore the abuse comes through with vivid, inspiring clarity. The volume closes with the founding of the Student
Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (which Lewis went on to chair), and its publication is scheduled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on
Washington, at which Lewis preceded Dr. King on the podium: “Of everyone who spoke at the march, I'm the only one who's still around.”
A powerful tale of courage and principle igniting sweeping social change, told by a strong-minded, uniquely qualified eyewitness.
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“Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I'm so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America's young leaders. In
March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus
Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands.” - President Bill Clinton
"Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I'm so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America's young leaders. In March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands." President Bill
"Brave acts of civil disobedience... [give] March its educational value even as Powell's drawings give Lewis's crisp narration an emotional power." The New York Times
"A riveting and beautiful civil-rights story... Lewis's gripping memoir should be stocked in every school and shelved at every library." The Washington Post
"Essential reading... March is a moving and important achievement... the story of a true American superhero." USA Today
"A riveting chronicle of Lewis’s extraordinary life... it powerfully illustrates how much perseverance is needed to achieve fundamental social change." O, The Oprah Magazine
"March offers a poignant portrait of an iconic figure that both entertains and edifies, and deserves to be placed alongside other historical graphic memoirs like Persepolis and Maus." Entertainment Weekly
"An astonishingly accomplished graphic memoir that brings to life a vivid portrait of the civil rights era, Lewis' extraordinary history and accomplishments, and the movement he helped lead... its power,
accessibility and artistry destine it for awards, and a well-deserved place at the pinnacle of the comics canon." NPR
"When a graphic novel tries to interest young readers in an important topic, it often feels forced. Not so with the exhilarating March: Book One... Powerful words and pictures." The Boston
"The civil rights movement can seem to some like a distant memory... Rep. John Lewis refreshes our memories in dramatic fashion." The
"Superbly told history." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Dazzling... a grand work." Booklist (starred review)
powerful tale of courage and principle igniting sweeping social change, told by a strong-minded, uniquely qualified eyewitness... the heroism of those who sat and marched... comes through with vivid, inspiring clarity." Kirkus Reviews
"Lewis's remarkable life has been skillfully translated into graphics... Segregation’s insult to personhood comes across here with a visual, visceral punch. This version of Lewis’s life story belongs in libraries to teach readers about the heroes of America." Library Journal
"This is superb visual storytelling that establishes a convincing, definitive record of a key eyewitness to significant social change,
and that leaves readers demanding the second volume." School Library Journal
"There’s something extraordinary about reading a firsthand account of a seminal moment in history from one who not only lived through it but also led it, and this is what ultimately makes this book so essential... nuanced visual storytelling complements Lewis’s account beautifully." The Horn Book (starred review)
"Likely to prove inspirational to readers for years to come." Barnes and Noble
"Probably the most important graphic novel release of the year." Mental Floss
"Through Powell's powerful graphical recreation of Lewis's life, we slip past the political struggles and into the soul of a man of courage and belief." Shelf Awareness
"Like the acclaimed graphic novels Maus and Persepolis, March is a coming-of-age tale set against a backdrop of violent,
historical confrontation. As in those books, the sweep of history is palpable on every page, but it is the prosaic, very human concerns of the protagonist that make the history breathe." Chapter 16
"Powell intuitively captures all of the drama inherent in the congressman’s gripping, ultimately moving story. Teaming him with Lewis and Aydin has resulted in one of the must-read graphic novels of 2013 (and beyond). If I were King of the World I’d certainly put March on Required Reading lists in middle and high schools everywhere." The Comics Journal
"Yes, it’s educational. But make no mistake... this is not some corporate-packaged spoonful of vitamin water.
It’s an extraordinarily effective and artful graphic novel." Sequart
"The civil rights icon [John Lewis] is a modern Superman, and now he has the book to prove it." ? Atlanta Magazine
“Dazzling... a grand work.” - Booklist (starred review)
“A powerful tale of courage and principle igniting sweeping social change, told by a strong-minded, uniquely qualified eyewitness... the heroism of those who sat and marched... comes through with vivid, inspiring clarity.”
- Kirkus Reviews
"March offers a poignant portrait of an iconic figure that both entertains and edifies, and deserves to be placed alongside other historical graphic memoirs like Persepolis and Maus.
Gr 8 Up—Beginning with a dream sequence that depicts the police crackdown on the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March, this memoir then cuts to Congressman John Lewis's preparations on the day of President Obama's inauguration. Lewis provides perspective on the occasion, explaining and describing his own religious and desegregationalist origins in Alabama, his early meeting with Dr. King, and his training as a nonviolent protester. The bulk of the narrative centers around the lunch counter sit-ins in 1959 and 1960 and ends on the hopeful note of a public statement by Nashville Mayor West. The narration feels very much like a fascinating firsthand anecdote and, despite a plethora of personal details and unfamiliar names, it never drags. Even with the contemporary perspective, the events never feel like a foregone conclusion, making the stakes significant and the work important. The narration particularly emphasizes the nonviolent aspect of the movement and the labor involved in maintaining that ideal. The artwork is full of lush blacks and liquid brushstrokes and features both small period details and vast, sweeping vistas that evoke both the reality of the setting and the importance of the events. This is superb visual storytelling that establishes a convincing, definitive record of a key eyewitness to significant social change, and that leaves readers demanding the second volume.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Congressman John Lewis was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He is co-author of the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir trilogy MARCH, written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. He is also the recipient of numerous awards from national and international institutions including the Lincoln Medal, the John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage" Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NAACP Spingarn Medal, among many others. He lives in Atlanta, GA.
Andrew Aydin is creator and co-author of the #1 New York Times best-selling graphic memoir series, MARCH. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, MARCH is the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award, and is a recipient of the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor, among other honors. Aydin's other comics work includes writing the 2016 X-Files Annual (IDW), writing for the 2016 CBLDF Annual Liberty (Image), and writing an upcoming issue of Bitch Planet (Image).
Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes March, You Don't Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, The Year Of The Beasts, and Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN.
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Can't wait for the next two! This is the book schools, teachers and graphic novels as a whole have been waiting for
Absolutely extraordinary. A historic work unto itself, depicting a dark moment in our nation's past with hope and optimism. The beauty of this book is the simplicity with which complicated ideas are conveyed. Perfect for young readers and older readers alike.
A spectacularly well written and illustrated story of a man we should all know more about. Perfect for the teen you know that needs a little inspiration or motivation.
The book is fantastic. The illustrations are wonderfully done. The authentic feel of the story being in black and white versus color is nicely done. I will be reading and using this book with my students. I can't wait for Book 2.
A classic work of literature that, along with it's spectacular subsequent volumes, will be read for generations.
Nate's art fits the story perfectly.
This book should be a must read on everyone's list. I grew up in this time period but was sheltered in the Midwest. I remember the scenes of the attack dogs and fire hoses but couldn't understand the reason for them. We are in a time now that may not be formal desegregation but there are still groups in America that are being disenfranchised.
Great story. Also it is just a great graphic novel.
Couldn't put it down, and then when I finished I had to go read the next one. It's that good.
A spectacular work of memoir that stands with Maus and Persepolis at the pinnacle of graphic novel literature.
I was intrigued by the format of this book. The illustrations are stellar. However it offers more of an introduction to the subject matter and I was hoping for more of an in-depth individual perspective. It seems appropriate for a middle school to high school audience.
I just finished John Lewis' book "Walking With The Wind" and this book is especially good for students to learn about a time in our history that is largely left untouched in our schools. This is an excellent book that I highly recommend to folks of all ages! Let us never forget our past so that we don't make the same mistakes in our future!
I read this book for class. It is helpful for understanding sit-ins that took place for civil rights movements. If you are interested in history you will enjoy this novel.
I learned so much from this.