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March: Book Two

by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Illustrated by Nate Powell

Published by Top Shelf, 2015
187 pages
ISBN: 978𢴔03094009

Age 11 and older

The second volume of this graphic novel memoir trilogy follows U.S. Congressman John Lewis抯 activism and leadership in the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960s. Beaten, jailed, but steadfast and further politicized and energized during the Freedom Rides, he emerged into a leadership role in the Student Nonviolent Coordinator Committee (SNCC) as protests heated up in Birmingham early in 1963. It was in his SNCC role that he was involved in planning the March on Washington that year and to speak at the event, only to be asked to make last-minute changes to lines in his speech questioned as too divisive and critical. The direct, powerful conversational narrative is paired with dramatic black-and-white panel art and occasional full-page illustrations, and includes Lewis抯 account of other key figures and their role in the sweeping social change taking place. Like March: Book One , President Obama抯 2008 inauguration provides a framing device in a volume that ends, tragically and poignantly, with the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham that killed four girls in September, 1963. The original draft of Lewis抯 March on Washington speech is included in the end matter.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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