March: Book One

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Brief Description:

First volume in a graphic novel trilogy based on the life of civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis.



Brief Description:

This graphic novel is Congressman John Lewis’ first-hand account of his 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 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 climax on the steps of City Hall. 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 D.C., and from receiving beatings from state troopers, to receiving the Medal of Freedom awarded to him by Barack Obama, the first African-American president.



Biographical Note:

Congressman John Lewis was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He is co-author of the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir trilogy MARCH, written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. He is also the recipient of numerous awards from national and international institutions including the Lincoln Medal, the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NAACP Spingarn Medal, among many others. He lives in Atlanta, GA.

Andrew Aydin is creator and co-author of the #1 New York Times best-selling graphic memoir series, MARCH. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, MARCH is the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award, and is a recipient of the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor, among other honors. Aydin’s other comics work includes writing the X-Files Annual 2016 (IDW), writing for the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2016 (Image), and writing an upcoming issue of Bitch Planet (Image).

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes MARCHYou Don’t SayAny EmpireSwallow Me WholeThe Silence Of Our FriendsThe Year Of The Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN.



Marc Notes:

‘March’ is a vivid, first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance travelled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.



Review Quotes:

Brave acts of civil disobedience… [give] March its educational value even as Powell’s drawings give Lewis’s crisp narration an emotional power. — The New York Times

A riveting and beautiful civil-rights story… Lewis’s gripping memoir should be stocked in every school and shelved at every library. — The Washington Post

Essential reading… March is a moving and important achievement… the story of a true American superhero. — USA Today



Publisher Marketing:

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon and key figure 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.

Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story. Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition
#1 Washington Post Bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
One of YALSA’s Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
One of YALSA’s Top 10 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
One of YALSA’s Outstanding Books for the College Bound
One of Reader’s Digest‘s Graphic Novels Every Grown-Up Should Read
Endorsed by NYC Public Schools’ NYC Reads 365 program
Selected for first-year reading programs by Michigan State University, Marquette University, and Georgia State University
Nominated for three Will Eisner Awards
Nominated for the Glyph Award
Named one of the best books of 2013 by USA TodayThe Washington PostPublishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, School Library JournalBooklistKirkus ReviewsThe Horn BookPasteSlateComicsAlliance, Amazon, and Apple iBooks.



Review Citations:
  • Booklist 06/01/2013 pg. 57 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback) – *Starred Review
  • Library Journal 07/01/2013 pg. 69 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback) – *Starred Review
  • Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2013 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback) – *Starred Review
  • Publishers Weekly 07/15/2013 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback) – *Starred Review
  • Shelf Awareness 08/13/2013 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2013 pg. 54 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback) – *Starred Review
  • School Library Journal 09/01/2013 pg. 171 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback) – *Starred Review
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/04/2013 pg. 28 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • New York Times Book Review 11/24/2013 pg. 38 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • LJ Best Books of Year 12/01/2013 pg. 31 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • SLJ’s Best Books 12/01/2013 pg. 34 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • Kirkus Best Young-Adult Books 12/01/2013 pg. 45 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2014 pg. 114 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback) – *Starred Review
  • Booklist Ed Choice Adu Bk YA’s 01/01/2014 pg. 12 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2014 pg. 139 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • Wilson Middle/Jr. High Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • Wilson Senior High Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • Wilson Graphic Novels Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)
  • Wilson Nonfiction Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9781603093002, Paperback)

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