Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March: book three

March: book three / John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell, 246 pgs.

The third and final book in the trilogy is an award winner. As of this writing, it has won nine awards.  It probably deserves even more.  This book takes us through the civil rights struggle of John Lewis, participant.  Lewis headed up Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and worked hard around the south to combat racism and oppression.  After years that included multiple beatings, arrests and jail time, this book culminates with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  Of course, the struggle does not end there.  It is just shocking to read about the number of people killed during this time for participating in peaceful protest. This series should be required reading for anyone who wasn't around to witness these events.  And for those who did witness, read as a reminder to what has been accomplished and what still remains to be accomplished in this struggle.

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