Written by: Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Illustrated by: Nate Powell
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Format: Softcover, 6.5 x 9.5, 128 pages, Black and White, $14.95
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.
March Book One made the 2014 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten List, was named one of the YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound, was a 2014 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and has been assigned as required reading for Michigan State University and Marquette University.
Read a BookShelf interview with the creators of March Book One along with a link to a lesson plan for the graphic novel here.