U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, John Lewis, brings us March (book 1, book 2, book 3), a three-book autobiographical memoir / graphic novel of his experiences during the civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s. The books cover the scope of time from Lewis’ childhood to his leadership role in the movement; and features iconic figure heads and moments which shaped Lewis’ life.
With the excellent contributions of Andrew Aydin, (Lewis’ Adviser), and graphic novelist Nate Powell, March gives us a very powerful and visual account of the fight for civil and human rights; from the bus boycotts to the Selma marches.
The images are graphic and beautiful. The story is delivered succinctly, and the pace of the three novels is excellent. The novels are aimed at young adults, but are extremely engaging and informative all round, with an eloquent delivery of complex issues. The beauty of creating such an historically turbulent first-person account in the form of an oft-underrated medium, is that this age group responds well to a very visual story. And this particular trilogy delivers with outstanding and very emotional content.
If you do have time to read March Book 1, 2 and 3, do so. It will not take long, but will leave you with a very powerful message.