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Found in: social studies; 6-8; 9-12

March, Books One (2013), Two, (2015), and Three (due August 2016) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell:

March is a graphic trilogy, part autobiography of John Lewis and part history of the Civil Rights Movement. Borrowing from cinematic technique, Book One opens on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965 and breaks as the violent confrontation between marchers and state troopers begins. The body of Book One then follows Congressman John Lewis as he prepares to attend the 2009 inauguration of President Barrack Obama. Lewis tells his story as he answers questions of an admiring mother and her two sons. He tells of growing up in rural Alabama, meeting Martin Luther King, Jr., the Nashville Student Movement, and nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. Book Two follows Freedom Riders on a bus into the deep south and addresses internal conflicts threaten to tear the movement apart. It covers Lewis’s election as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and his prominent role at 23 in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Book Three will cover the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and the March on Selma.

The illustrations are B&W and though not gruesome present the violence of the time. The racially charged language is accurate for time and place. It will offend some. Some readers have complained that the 6.3 x 9.5 inch format can occasionally make reading the hand-lettered text difficult. This can be said of many graphic novels. Recommended for social studies and history students in grades 8 and higher.

Lesson Plans:

Greensboro Sit‐Ins: A “Counter Revolution” in North Carolina ( PDF, 595 KB, 14 pgs.) Students in grade 8 learn how segregation affected society. The lesson focuses on the college students who started a national protest movement.

The Civil Rights Movement According to John Lewis Students in grades 8-12 compare their preconceptions of the Civil Rights Movement with a firsthand account of it.

Faith in Change: John Lewis | Finding Your Roots Students in grades 9-12 complete a “Literacy Test” once administered to African Americans who tried to register to vote in the Jim Crow South. They then explore an interactive website to gain a wider understanding of voting challenges for African Americans during Jim Crow.

A Documents-Based Lesson on the Voting Rights Act: A Case Study of SNCC’s work in Lowndes County and the Emergence of Black Power (Grades 10-12)

Civil Rights Teaching Lessons and resources on the Civil Rights Movement.


Rep. John Lewis’ Speech at the 1963 March on Washington  (7:28) Text of the Speech.

Two Versions of John Lewis’ Speech (1963) The speech John Lewis gave on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington is not the speech he intended to deliver. John Lewis and Bill Moyers discuss the changes to the speech.

John Lewis Highlights Lewis’s role in SNCC and the Civil Rights Movement.

Civil Rights Movement Videos

50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights (audio 4:33) (video 4:28)


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