Thursday Recommendation: March

March” by John Lewis

Source: Graphic Novels


These books really need no words from me. But if you’ve managed to miss “March,” it’s a trilogy of graphic novels that recount some of what John Lewis himself saw, heard and experienced first hand during the Civil Rights movement.

It took me one morning to get through the first book.

Seriously, it’s that good. The writing is authentic and powerful. The details of Lewis’ life are incredible. It reads like an audio recording, making the experience of reading “March” something like watching Lewis’ memories play out before your eyes as he narrates them.

It’s worth reading. It’s worth learning. It’s worth sharing.

Lewis’ words feel extra impactful today. There is a scene that cuts abruptly from Lewis and other Freedom Riders getting beaten by the Ku Klux Klan to the inauguration of Barack Obama. The starkness of that contrast forced me to stop for a moment and compose myself.

It’s an incredibly powerful moment, and it’s just one of many in “March.” These are books I’m going to keep close at hand for the next few years, that’s for sure.

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