Title: March: Book One
Writers: John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Artist: Nate Powell
Congressman John Lewis is a genuine American hero, a front line veteran of the Civil Rights Movement. In the three-part graphic novel series March, Lewis tells the story of his life in the struggle. Book One begins in medias res, Lewis joining in the march across the bridge in Selma in 1965, then jumps ahead to the morning of Obama's inauguration in 2009, then back to Lewis's childhood in rural Alabama. This first volume about his early life takes us up to his experience with the lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville in 1960.
Lewis's reflections on discrimination and the fight to end it are deeply personal. He recalls the conversations he had on the bridge in Selma, the pain of realizing what separate but equal meant to his own education and the challenges of training for non-violent resistance. As much as we might pat ourselves on the back for the progress made in the half-century since Selma, the lessons of Lewis's story are just as relevant now. Equality is incrementally closer but still a long way off. It has been heartening, in the weeks since Charlottesville, to see that so many are still willing to take a stand. May Lewis's example serve us all in our always uncertain yet forever hopeful future.
Please join us and share your own review of your best read from the past month. This month's link list is below. I'll keep it open until the end of the day. I'll post October's tomorrow. Meetings are the last Friday of each month. Next gathering is October 27th.