March book 1 & 2 by John Lewis | Graphic Novel Review

Hi everyone. I’m Rincey and this is Rincey
Reads. Today I want to talk to you guys about the graphic novels March books one and book
two by Congressman John Lewis, as well as Andrew Aiden and Nate Powell. This is actually
a graphic memoir. And if you guys aren’t aware, John Lewis is considered one of the “big six”
of the Civil Rights leaders. He was the chair, I believe, of SNCC, which was the Student
Nonviolent something Committee. [laughs] I forgot what that first C stands for. But they
were basically like the student nonviolent organization. This story mainly takes place during the Civil
Rights Movement. The first book actually does something really interesting, which I wasn’t
expecting, and it actually flashes back and forth between when President Obama was first
inaugurated as well as Congressman Lewis’ younger life, which I thought was really interesting
and a really smart contrast to make between that moment in history and this moment in
history. I think for a lot of people in the United
States we know about the Civil Rights Movement because we all learn about it in school. But
what I really like about this is not only was John Lewis there during that time, he’s
one of the only leaders left from that period who’s still alive. And he’s one of the few
people who can provide still like this first hand experience and firsthand account of what
was happening during that time period. He talks about what’s sort of known in the popular
media and then provides a little bit more background on those, uh, stories or those
photographs we may have seen or the things that we may have heard about. Both of these graphic novels are completely
in black and white and the art style is really well done, at least in my opinion. Um. They’re
mostly just panels like this. Occasionally you have the full page spread like this. And
occasionally you have the full double-page spread like this. I really, really enjoyed both of these. I
think not only because I’m interested in the subject matter, but also just because I love
when you get to see sort of more behind the scenes type stuff about things that we learn
about when you’re younger. This book is very, very honest. Like John
Lewis is not afraid to be real about the situations. Um. He’s also very honest about himself and
his own perspective on things. He talks about his own biases and just like why he was motivated
to feel a certain way compared to how other people may have felt during that time period,
which I really liked. I think these books go better together. There’s
going to be a third book and it’s going to be a trilogy. So, um, both books end in sort
of like the middle of the story. So I feel like reading both of these together was really
helpful because I think if I just read one book at a time I’d feel unsatisfied because
you’re not really getting the complete story. But I think reading one and two together,
I felt more satisfied. And I think once you have all three it probably would work best,
just reading them back to back to back. But that’s not to say you should necessarily wait
on this. If you haven’t already put this on your list, definitely put it on your list.
Because I think it’s a very important time in history that we have a very, um, surface
level knowledge of and I feel like this helps provide a little bit deeper knowledge about
it. Also just the fact that it’s in graphic novel form, it’s much more digestible. But
I think it also makes the situations more real because you’re seeing the situations
play out. You’re seeing like the faces and the reactions and things like that. So if
you are someone who likes graphic novels or especially if you like graphic memoirs, this
is definitely some that you have to pick up because it is just very, very emotional during
certain points and I think it’s just so honest and so real that it’s like how can you not
like this. And also if you’re someone who’s interested in African American history or
you have a general interesting in American history, this is a great way to get that across.
This is also would be great for like kids, I think. So yeah, that is my quick review on March
the graphic novel. I would definitely be picking up volume 3 whenever it comes out. I’m not
exactly sure when that’s supposed to be. And I definitely recommend it for people as well.
If you’ve read this series, feel free to leave a comment down below letting me know what
you guys thought of it. Or if you have any questions on the series, feel free to leave
that down in the comments section as well. So yeah, that’s all I have for now and thanks
for watching.

12 thoughts on “March book 1 & 2 by John Lewis | Graphic Novel Review

  1. Love the way he mentions Malcom X in Book 2. Agree with everything you said. I really like the way it's drawn. I also like the way they try make a bit of suspense through the story. Kids who are learning about the Civil Rights Movement will love these two.

  2. I'm fairly new to your channel and I must say I am very much enjoying your videos! I love your enthusiasm for books!! Are you in school? English major? You seem so well rounded in the types of books you read. How old are you? If you don't mind me asking. 🙂

  3. These books sound completely amazing. Growing up in the UK we don't get as much focus on the civil rights movement because the situation was somewhat different (but not much better) over here but it's still so relevant. 

  4. These books are awesome and your review of them was great. I'm always happy to see influential booktubers reviewing and mentioning books that most folks may overlook.

    These books and the movie Selma are two recent work about the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) that are truly moving. Sometimes the CRM is portrayed as a kumbaya moment in American history but it really was surrounded and entrenched in violence, struggle and pain. Lewis' story is one of triumph but triumph in the face of tremendous resistance. It's not just the history of African Americans, it's the history of America period. And if we're going to be honest with ourselves, a lot of these struggles are still with us today.

    Not to soapbox in the comment section of your channel but if your viewers want more background on the history discussed in this book I recommend they read Taylor Branch's trilogy on the CRM. It's a long read, over 2,000 pages but it's one of the most complete histories of the CRM ever. Also I recommend people read David Garrow's book called "Bearing the Cross" which focuses more on King and the SCLC but it's one of the most nuanced and sophisticated presentations of King ever published. 

    Thanks again for this review.

  5. Rincey – I read the books and liked them and am glad you shared them.  I was alive and took part in some of the Civil Rights Movement activities in the 1960s.  I found the book was an honest and realistic picture of what it was like.John Lewis and his co-authors did a very good job.  If you have time to read other books you might be interested in "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC"., editors Holsaert, etc.  It's in paperback now.  The first C = Coordinating – Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.  And we're old, it's true, but quite a few of us are still around.  In full disclosure – I have an essay in Hands on the Freedom Plow.  Most people find the essays illuminating and interesting.  Thanks again Rincey.

  6. I am here really late, but if anyone sees this and knows the answer, do you think they will come out with a hardback edition of the trilogy? If they haven't yet?

  7. Thanks! Great review! I've known about these books for awhile and actually read the first one, but it has been off my radar for awhile, until TODAY, because the 3rd March book JUST came out, and combined with the Daily Show interview with John Lewis and this review, Im going to have to buy these books!

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