Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: March

"Fury spends itself pretty quickly when there's no fury facing it."
-John Lewis, March

These three volumes follow John Lewis's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, book-ended by the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Lewis starts when he was in school and shows the reader how the Civil Rights Movement was created and worked against the power structures in the United States. Lewis himself had a large role in the movement, eventually earning a position in Congress.

A graphic memoir was a really effective way to tell this story, as the images really help to portray the significance of the Civil Rights Movement. Utilizing the Obama's inauguration also put into perspective all the work this movement did--and, in a current context, all the work it still needs to do. 

If nothing else, these books show that young people have the power to create change. Many of the first participants in the Civil Rights Movement were college students, and their fight created the change they wanted to see. It reminded me of the high school students arranging a march for stricter gun control; marches were partly how the Civil Rights Movement gained momentum as well.

This book would be an effective tool to use in schools because of its style and the amount of information that is packed throughout. Giving a first hand account of the Civil Rights Movement in a history class in high school would definitely help to give students perspective.

5/5 stars

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