Goodreads: March: Book Two
Series: March #2
Following the Nashville sit-ins, John Lewis is now committed to helping the Freedom Riders integrate the buses. Despite experiencing beatings and other violence, Lewis and the other activists continue to fight. But the federal government is only willing to lend so much support. And local law enforcement is often fighting against them.
March: Book Two continues the powerful story of John Lewis’ involvement in the Civil Rights movement, picking up after the Nashville sittings and focusing on the struggles of the Freedom Riders. Lewis’ words leave much of the violence to the imagination, fading away tellingly. And yet the art does not allow readers to escape. The violence, the brutality, the ugliness of it all is presented to readers so that they might not forget.
Lewis’ presentation of history is always compelling because he does not seek to provide an easy or straightforward narrative. Rather, he discusses the internal politics of the Civil Rights movement, noting how the principles of non-violence that he believed in were questioned and ignored over time. He acknowledges that he understands the frustration, but also suggests that there are some paths he simply cannot choose to take. His version of history is not the textbook version, but the lived version. And readers are privy to all the setbacks and maneuverings, as well as to the triumphs.
March: Book Two makes an obvious addition to any classroom library, but it is not a dull “educational comic.” It is not a textbook with illustrations. It is a vibrant living story that brings the reader from the past into the present, daring them to remember the struggles that came before–and to keep on fighting.