March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

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Goodreads: March: Book Three
Series: March #3
Source: Library
Published: 2016

Summary

In the final book of John Lewis’s acclaimed March trilogy John and his friends face increasingly dangerous battles.  They want to try to register voters in the South.  But local law enforcement is against them and the federal government is reluctant to step in.

Review

John Lewis once again gives readers an inside look at the workings of the Civil Rights movement, describing the hopes and the fears, the vigorous debates over strategies, and the tensions that grew between members as well as between groups.  He also seems determined to set the record straight, noting when he spoke for himself and when he spoke as a leader of the SNCC.  Altogether, this is fascinating glimpse at a piece of history that continues to have resonances today.

Lewis makes the past come alive as he honors by name those who fought.  The men and women who worked for change, the ones who died for the cause–they are lovingly memorialized by his words.  He gifts his readers personal reminiscences, discussing his feelings on Malcolm X as well as his thoughts on MLK and Turnaround Tuesday.  He wants people to remember, to remember that there were faces behind the movement.

The artwork is, as always, absolutely stunning.  Powell renders his subjects in black and white, expertly conveying feelings of shock, horror, and loneliness–as well as feelings of determined resistance.  He does not hold back from depicting the tragedy and the violence, instead forcing readers to face the reality of what happened.  It is a powerful work, one meant to be confrontational as well as inspirational.

Lewis’s work is an important addition to the history of the Civil Rights movement, making the past seem immediate and accessible.  The March trilogy will move you, to surprise, to shock, to anger–and then to hope.

5 stars

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