March: Book One

March: Book One


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ISBN-13: 9781603093002
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Series: March Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 18,022
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: GN760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

About the Author

JOHN LEWIS is Georgia's Fifth Congressional District Representative and an American icon widely known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement.
As a student at American Baptist Theological Seminary in 1959, John Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1961, he volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. He was beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police for challenging the injustice of Jim Crow segregation in the South.

From 1963 to 1966, Lewis was Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). As Chairman, John Lewis became a nationally recognized leader. Lewis was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and at the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963.

In 1964, John Lewis coordinated SNCC efforts to organize voter registration drives and community action programs during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. The following year, Lewis helped spearhead one of the most seminal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. Hosea Williams, another notable Civil Rights leader, and John Lewis led over 600 peaceful, orderly protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. They intended to march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need for voting rights in the state. The marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers in a brutal confrontation that became known as "Bloody Sunday." News broadcasts and photographs revealing the senseless cruelty of the segregated South helped hasten the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. After leaving SNCC in 1966, he continued his commitment to the Civil Rights Movement as Associate Director of the Field Foundation and his participation in the Southern Regional Council's voter registration programs. Lewis went on to become the Director of the Voter Education Project (VEP). In 1977, John Lewis was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to direct more than 250,000 volunteers of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency.

In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council. He was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District since then. In 2011 he was awarded the Presidental Medal of Freedom.

Lewis' 1999 memoir Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, called "the definitive account of the civil rights movement" (The Washington Post), won numerous honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy, Lillian Smith, and Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. His most recent book, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, received for the NAACP Image Award.

His first graphic novel, March (Book One) -- co-authored with Andrew Aydin -- will be published by Top Shelf in August 2013.

ANDREW AYDIN, an Atlanta native, currently serves in Rep. John Lewis' Washington, D.C. office handling telecommunications and technology policy as well as new media. Previously, he served as communications director and press secretary during Rep. Lewis' 2008 and 2010 re-election campaigns, as district aide to Rep. John Larson, and as special assistant to Connecticut Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan. Andrew is a graduate of the Lovett School in Atlanta, Trinity College in Hartford, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

His first graphic novel, March (Book One) -- co-authored with Congressman John Lewis -- will be published by Top Shelf in 2013.

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 the School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes "March", the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis (Top Shelf, 2013); the critically acclaimed "Any Empire" (Top Shelf, 2011); "Swallow Me Whole" (Eisner Award winner for Best Graphic Novel, two-time Ignatz Award winner, YALSA selection, and LA Times Book Prize finalist; Top Shelf, 2008); "The Silence Of Our Friends"(YALSA selection; First Second, 2012); "The Year Of The Beasts" (Roaring Brook, 2012); and "Sounds Of Your Name" (Microcosm Publishing, 2006).

Powell appeared at the United Nations in 2011, discussing his contribution to the fundraising fiction anthology What You Wish For: A Book For Darfur alongside some of the world's foremost writers of young adult fiction.

He's currently working as the artist on two high-profile projects: March, the three-part graphic novel memoir of Congressman John Lewis, and the graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan's #1 international bestseller Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero. In addition, he is writing and drawing his own forthcoming graphic novel Cover and assembling the short story collection You Don't Say.

From 1999 to 2009, Nate worked full-time supporting adults with developmental disabilities. He managed DIY punk record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and has performed in the bands Universe, Divorce Chord, Soophie Nun Squad, Wait, and Boomfancy. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana

What People are Saying About This

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 Clinton

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March: Book One 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next two! This is the book schools, teachers and graphic novels as a whole have been waiting for
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JenTeach More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic work of literature that, along with it's spectacular subsequent volumes, will be read for generations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nate's art fits the story perfectly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Also it is just a great graphic novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
WillieStark More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down, and then when I finished I had to go read the next one. It's that good.
KevinRaybo More than 1 year ago
A spectacular work of memoir that stands with Maus and Persepolis at the pinnacle of graphic novel literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
pydollwillie More than 1 year ago
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!
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
This powerful graphic narrative (the first of three volumes) tells the story of John Lewis’ youth and the beginning of his involvement in the Civil Rights movement. As a college student, Lewis began protesting the unequal treatment of black people in Tennessee—where they were permitted to shop in stores but were refused service at lunch counters. By adopting the philosophy of nonviolent resistance—like Martin Luther King, whom Lewis soon joined—he helped galvanize thousands of college students to peacefully protest injustice. A deceptively quick read, this book uses gritty images and dialogue to recreate a somber time in US history as experienced by a man who has dedicated his life to the fight for social justice.
Lufbra More than 1 year ago
Excellent first book of series that tells of the early years of John Lewis and how he came to be a part of the civil rights movement. Putting it into the graphic novel form was a stroke of genius and really made the times and situation of the characters involved come to life. This is a book that will stay with you and deserving of the many awards it has won.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned so much from this.
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