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March, by John Lewis.

November 9, 2013

March, by John Lewis.  Assisted by Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Top Shelf Productions (2013), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 128 pages.

A graphic history/biography of John Lewis, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

John Lewis was president of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and one of major leaders of Civil Rights movement.  Today he is the only one still alive of those who spoke at the March on Washington in 1963.  In the years since, he has served as a representative from Georgia to Congress and continues to be an outspoken voice about issues of justice in this country.

Together with two young men working in his office, Lewis has created a graphic book telling about his growing up as a black in rural Georgia in the 1940s and 1950s and the beginning of his own involvement in civil rights.  He tells of his first meeting with Martin Luther King and of the sit-downs at lunch counters in Memphis when he was in college.  Later events in his life and in the Movement will be included in a second and third volume of this book.

Effective black and white drawings depict Lewis as he is now and in his childhood.  They make it easy for people of various ages and backgrounds to empathize with him and the cause that shaped his life.  Especially for those too young to remember the Movement, his story is inspiring and worth cherishing.  His is the kind of story we need to remember if we hope to live in a more just society.

I strongly recommend this graphic book to readers everywhere.

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