Discover the phenomenal graphic novel memoir by
US Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis!
A New York Times and Washington Post Number One Bestseller!
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.
“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
“An astonishingly accomplished graphic memoir that brings to life a vivid portrait of the civil rights era, Lewis’ extraordinary history and accomplishments, and the movement he helped lead… its power, accessibility and artistry destine it for awards, and a well-deserved place at the pinnacle of the comics canon.” — NPR
“The civil rights movement can seem to some like a distant memory… Rep. John Lewis refreshes our memories in dramatic fashion.” — The Chicago Tribune
“Superbly told history.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Dazzling… a grand work.” — Booklist (starred review)
“A powerful tale of courage and principle igniting sweeping social change, told by a strong-minded, uniquely qualified eyewitness… the heroism of those who sat and marched… comes through with vivid, inspiring clarity.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Lewis’s remarkable life has been skillfully translated into graphics… Segregation’s insult to personhood comes across here with a visual, visceral punch. This version of Lewis’s life story belongs in libraries to teach readers about the heroes of America.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“This is superb visual storytelling that establishes a convincing, definitive record of a key eyewitness to significant social change, and that leaves readers demanding the second volume.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
128 page black and white 6.5″ x 9.5″ softcover with color covers and french flaps
Top Shelf, 2013
Diamond Code: JUN131298