February is Black History Month, so it is only fitting that for our AdultBooklr Graphic Novel pick we read MARCH by John Lewis.
Yes, that John Lewis. Congressman John Lewis.
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ 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’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
Congressman Lewis begins by sharing his childhood on a rural farm and his desire to go to school. That leads to his beginnings in the civil rights movement and his education in peaceful protest. Through the beautiful black and white illustrations, we see the how the first sit-ins were developed and conducted. So much prepwork and planning went into them!
This was just Book One, but it does look like there is a second in the series. I’ll for sure be going back for more! Pick this up before the end of the month (or any time during the rest of the year) to celebrate Black History Month. This is a piece of our American culture we should not miss.