The Reddie Read, Fall 2015
March: Book One and March: Book Two, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures 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. In Book Two, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence — but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement’s young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart. (Amazon.com)
September 22, 2015:
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Reception and book signing to follow.
7:00 p.m. Arkansas Hall Auditorium
Photo courtesy of Top Self Productions, Inc.
- American Experience: Civil Rights Movement Non-Violent Protests
- March: Book One Review by Michael Ray Taylor
- March: Book Two Review by Michael Ray Taylor
- March: Book One Teacher's Guide
- Rep. John Lewis' Civil Rights Story Comes to Life in Comics (CBS News)
- Using Graphic Novels in Education: March: Book One (Note: See Additional Resources at bottom)
- Using Graphic Novels in Education: March: Book Two (Note: See Additional Resources at bottom)
- We Shall Overcome (National Park Service)