Book Two

Graphic Novel - 2015
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"After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence -- but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before."--page 3 of cover.
Publisher: Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781603094009
Branch Call Number: 328.73092 L5873M02 2015
Characteristics: 187 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: March 2


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This is the second volume in a trilogy of graphic memoirs based on the life of civil rights leader and US Congressman John Lewis.

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AlishaH_KCMO Mar 04, 2020

March: Book Two is the second book in a three part autobiography graphic novel series about the early life of Congressman John Lewis and the fight for Civil Rights.

This book is focused on the Freedom Riders and Parchman Farm. The book ends with the March on Washington and the fatal bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Avenue Baptist Church. I only knew briefly what went on with the Freedom Riders and not a lot about the violence they endured.

As I said in my review of the first book, I'm not usually a fan of comics that are just black inked art but Nate Powell does a good job at the artwork. I also realized it gives the book more depth to the darker and ominous events that are happening.

ArapahoeLesley Feb 08, 2018

Amazing and harrowing and inspiring. John Lewis is an admirable man and I'm glad he is around to continue his good work.

Jun 20, 2017

March continues to move back and forth between Lewis’ life story, and Barack Obama’s inauguration. The first volume used a slightly stilted frame narrative of Lewis recounting his childhood to two boys who visit his office with their mother, who wants to teach them about the history of the civil rights movement. The second volume is purely Lewis reflecting alone on his experiences as the inauguration progresses, which works more smoothly, and also creates some interesting juxtapositions. Lewis’ election as chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee is placed alongside Obama taking the oath of office. The scenes depicting famous speeches given at the March on Washington are followed by the opening words of President Obama’s inaugural address. Aretha Franklin sings “My Country Tis of Thee” in 2009 as Freedom Riders are beaten in the streets of Alabama in 1963. This creates an effect that conveys the breadth of history, even as the closing on the church bombing creates a sobering, cautionary finish. There is always a backlash.

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EvaELPL Apr 03, 2017

A phenomenal graphic novel that tells the story of John Lewis's experience as a young boy and civil rights activist in the 1960s, this is an evocative and accessible window into a relevant part of our history.

Dec 09, 2016

Much detail has been packed into the March trilogy. My review is about all three books. Reading just one is like reading the third of the way through a book. It’s not a simple overview of the Civil Rights Movement and Representative John Lewis’ part in it. It is the passionate story of Lewis determination to find freedom for his segregated brothers and sisters. At times I was a little confused about what was happening, but if I studied the graphics as well as the text, it made sense. I am impressed with how the creative writing team made this book both an intimate story of Lewis and an epic story of American History. This would be a great addition to any high school study of civil rights.

Sep 22, 2016

An amazing insight into the history of John Lewis and the civil rights movement. This one seemed to catch its stride a bit better than the first one for me. The narrative seemed less choppy this time around and it really made it a much more enjoyable read. Highly recommended.


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Jun 20, 2017

March: Book Two opens on Inauguration Day 2009, and then transitions back to Nashville in November 1960. After successfully integrating the city’s department store lunch counters, Lewis and the Nashville Student Movement continued in the same vein by trying to integrate cafeterias and fast food restaurants. They also turned their attention to segregated movie theatres. However, the heart of the second volume focuses on the Freedom Riders and the March on Washington, as Lewis rises to national prominence within the civil rights movement. Despite covering several climactic events, tension remains high, as the volume closes with the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963.


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Jun 20, 2017

The fare was paid in blood, but the Freedom Rides stirred the national consciousness, and awoke the hearts and minds of a generation.


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