March: Book One & Book Two by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin; illus Nate Powell

Book Two of this series was nominated for a Cybil this year so I decided to go ahead and read the first book as well.

March: Book One by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin; illus Nate Powell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

paperback, 128 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Top Shelf Productions
Source: Local Library

March Trilogy: Book One

The true story of how the author, now a congressman, became involved in the civil rights movement. Starts briefly with his childhood then moves on to his late teens, early twenties and his being inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr to joining the non-violent movement. He witnesses the bus embargo and participates in the lunch counter sit-ins being arrested and sent to jail several times. The book is well-written and very interesting. I'm Canadian and don't really know too much detail about King, Jr.s actual methods of protest in action so found this very enlightening, especially the scenes where the members were taught non-violence and one person couldn't hack it and had to quit. It is entertaining but more historical and informative than getting involved in character development. Looking forward to the second book.

March: Book Two by John Lewis  & Andrew Aydin; illus Nate Powell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 189 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by Top Shelf Productions
Source: Local Library

March Trilogy: Book Two

Even more brilliant than Book One, and much longer, Book Two takes the reader beyond the sit-ins and onwards to the Freedom Riders who rode buses from Washington to New Orleans through the Deep South where integrated bus riding was not tolerated. Then the book enacts the story of 1963's March for Freedom. As a Canadian, I know of these events but the details are new to me and I was held enthralled with this vicious piece of American history. It's almost surreal to know this is 20th-century history of a modern country, a democratic country. I read with my mouth hanging open, that people could do this to each other while being televised. This is a past we must never forget; it is also one other groups who feel badly done to must never compare themselves to. The Civil Rights Movement of African-Americans and the abject racial hatred found in the Deep South is comparable to none. There has been nothing like this particular shame on this continent. A mesmerizing book, whose, in my opinion, only fault is showcasing Obama's inauguration speech randomly throughout. While nothing can weaken the power of book's topic, Obama's insertion only embarrasses his own weaknesses when shown alongside the great men, women, and children of that year. Powerful book.