March Trilogy | Spoiler Free Series Review

Hey guys! It’s Trina and this is my full series review of the March trilogy by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, which is illustrated by Nate Powell. This series is a graphic novel memoir of John Lewis’s life. John Lewis is a current US Congressman. He was one of the biggest leaders in our civil rights movement back in the 1960s. He has impacted our government and race relations and so much in our country along with a lot of other civil rights leaders, but John Lewis is one of the “big six” civil rights leaders. He’s the only one that is still alive so to get a story from his own perspective when he is the only one left that can tell that – I feel like this is incredible. John Lewis does also have an autobiography out about his experience which is just like the normal book format but these are graphic novel. This is a completed trilogy so you can pick up all three of them and have the complete story here, and Book One covers John Lewis’s childhood and what he wanted to do in his life when he was younger growing up on a rural farm, and when he went off to school in Nashville, Tennessee he got involved with an activist group. And Book One covers a lot of the sit-ins that he and his group were involved in in the downtown businesses that were trying to end segregation of businesses. Booke Two picks up from there as he becomes involved in the freedom rides, which were trying to end segregation of buses, and then it moves into the 1963 March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom, which was a huge protest for civil rights where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a speaker and so was John Lewis. Book Three goes on from there and this one largely deals with the March on Selma and Bloody Sunday. It also talks a lot about the violence that these activist groups faced. This one deals a lot with police brutality that they faced, and it also deals with John Lewis trying to get African-Americans registered to vote because although they had been granted the right to vote years past, they still were being discriminated against and not allowed to register. The way that this story is told was really interesting because Book One actually opens up on John Lewis in 2009 in his office and he is getting ready to go to President Obama’s inauguration and he meets a couple of people that come to visit him and then he starts telling his story and it weaves that together with President Obama’s inauguration day. This painted such an extraordinarily moving picture because you can see how much it meant to him to see the first black president come into office and then you would go back in history and see John Lewis’s actions that made that day possible. It’s just a very moving, powerful story. You do see other historic figures in this, so you do see President Obama, you see Martin Luther King Jr., you see Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, several people who he has met who impacted his life, who got him involved in the organizations that he has been involved in and who also played very large roles, so it’s his story but it’s also a overall story. You see President Kennedy and President Johnson and just a lot of the politics in that time. I sincerely wish that these had been around when I was in high school and I studied this. It would have made that learning experience so much more impactful for me because i would have been hearing him tell his own story instead of just reading a textbook. I really wish that every American would read these and I really hope that high schools are implementing these in the classroom. The only thing that I will say in terms of giving this to like teenage readers – I think that it is very accessible to them and I think that they would understand it very well. The only note that I want to make here is that the ‘n’ slur is used quite often and I think that it was handled appropriately because that is something that John Lewis witnessed. I just want you to know that if that’s a word that has harmed you, just giving you a heads-up that it is included in here quite a bit, and as well if you are a parent of a teenager who you’re thinking about reading these, I definitely think that they should read these but you might want to discuss with them why that word is a slur because I don’t feel like it being a slur today is really discussed in here and I would hate for a young person to read these and internalize that. There’s also a lot of violence depicted but the illustrations are all in black and white so it’s kind of a muted violence, but those are the only content things that I would mention about teenagers reading this, but this is such an important part in history that I don’t feel like it should have been censored in any way and I do feel like young readers should still be reading this. To just make this a more full review, I do also want to talk about the illustrations and the storytelling. The only issue that I had, and it was such a small issue, and this really was in Book Three only, I felt like this is such a large story and so much was trying to be fit in to a limited format, because graphic novels only have a short amount of time and fewer words that they can tell her story in, and I did feel like especially in Book Three that the storytelling started to become a little bit choppy. So much was trying to be fit in that it would be brought up and then almost immediately dropped. I can see why John Lewis would really want to tell like every aspect of the story but there were several times that I found myself flipping back a page to make sure that I didn’t accidentally skip a page because things just felt dropped suddenly. So that’s like the ONLY negative thing that I can even say about this series and that’s no big deal. I really love it, and again, I wish everyone would read these. I know a lot of people are currently doing diversity bingo so this is the one that would count for nonfiction and it would count as own voices of course. Being that they are graphic novels they are pretty quick reads. It’s such an important part of our history that has shaped where our government is today and a lot of the themes that we see in here it was heart-wrenching for me to realize we are still fighting for these things. This is one to definitely check out. If you have read the series I would love to hear your thoughts on it. I just highly recommend this. I definitely think this is one of my favorite things that I have read so far this year and I feel like at the end of the year it’ll still be a favorite thing that I read this year. Thank you guys so much for watching. If you have any thoughts, questions, or opinions on this series ask me those down below and I will see you in the comments. Bye! [music only]

10 thoughts on “March Trilogy | Spoiler Free Series Review

  1. I just finished this comic series as well and absolutely loved it! I want to be an educator and I honestly believe these books should be required reading.

  2. This entire trilogy sounds incredible. I haven't read many graphic novels but this is one that I definitely need to check out!

  3. Great review and bio intro on John Lewis. I have these. The March trilogy are the only graphic novels I own, and inspired me to read more graphic novels. I completely agree that every American should read March. I wish they'd been around when I was in high school, too!

  4. DIdn't realise that the third volume was out! I loved the first and keep meaning to get to the second. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I am very excited to read this series. I am on the waitlist for book one at my library, but may just buy the whole series. Also, is that A World Without You on your shelf? That is next up for my reading. I hope you do a review!

  6. I love graphic novels and I had never heard of these. Noted! Thanks! As a non-American, I find this topic extremely interesting.

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