March: Book One
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Why this book?
American icon John Lewis, one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement, always lived by his own words “to make good trouble.” His first-hand account, March, the cornerstone of my best books list, captures his life-long struggle in a three-part graphic novel series. Book One spans Lewis' boyhood on a farm in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was a young man, the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins to stop segregation.
In 1958, the comic book, “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story” inspired Lewis, and his book, March, will undoubtedly do the same for a new generation of activists. I picked this book because Lewis’ life comes to life in the graphics in these pages.
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