Friday, January 27, 2017

March: book one

March: book one / John Lewis, Andrew Ayden, Nate Powell, 121 pgs.

Told in flashback, this graphic novel is a memoir of Congressman John Lewis' early life and the beginning of his civil rights activism.  Most poignant to me was the depiction of the training to become involved in the movement.  All demonstrations were to be non violent from the protester end.  Of course that did not mean there would be no violence inflicted upon them.  The group underwent training which included being insulted, spit on, and abused.  If you could not take the abuse, you could not join the sit-in.  Many people failed the training.

As someone who has been recently accused of being "all talk, no action," this first book in a trilogy gives a different perspective on Lewis' actions.

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