Grades 7 - 12
Grade level Equivalent: 4.6
Lexile® Measure: GN760L
Guided Reading: W
- Autobiography and Biography
- Comic Books and Graphic Novels
- Civil Rights Movement
- Prejudice and Tolerance Experiences
- Volunteering, Service, Activism
- Political Figures and World Leaders
About This Book
Congressman John Lewis 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. Lewis shares his remarkable story in March, a graphic novel trilogy created in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times bestselling 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 Lewis's 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's personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Book One spans his 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.