Title: March: Book Two
Author: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
Illustrator: Nate Powell
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
March: Book Two continues the story of Congressman John Lewis’ experience during the Civil Right’s Movement. As the tension around the country grew, the violence and language used against the Nashville Student Movement and others participating in the Civil Right’s Movement intensified. A large portion of this graphic novel focuses on the Freedom Rides. The juxtaposition of the Freedom Riders’ experiences with Barack Obama’s inauguration is just as, if not more, powerful than its use in the first volume. The struggle and perseverance of the Freedom Riders, the students of the Children’s Crusade, and the countless men and women who wouldn’t back down made an everlasting change on the United States. That’s not to say that everyone agreed with how their goals should be achieved. While many supported the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this graphic novel doesn’t skirt around the fact that others questioned non-violent protests and wanted to defend themselves or react with violence in turn.
This outstanding graphic novel trilogy continues to be one that should be in all high school and public libraries.