This book, this story, these images—it’s powerful stuff. It’s not easy to read it–the racism and anger, the pain and loss—but it shouldn’t be easy to read, should it? Is this really a world long passed into history? Have things changed so much?
Take a look at the life’s work of John Lewis from the 1960s, his involvement in SNCC, throughout the civil rights movement, and up until today. Think about who we were as a country and how hard African American citizens had to work to be able to do what they had a constitutional right to do. Ponder whether things have changed for the better for everyone. Decide what you believe true patriotism is.
The surprise of this book is the underlying feeling of hope for the future and for the present. I know there would be resistance from some quarters because of the book’s language, but the entire March series is perfect for teaching teenagers the history of the 1960s. (It’s not as if most teenagers aren’t bombarded with profanity of all kinds every day already.) It is raw and uncomfortable, but it is also a well-written, beautifully illustrated biography of our country as well as John Lewis.
One person really can change the world, it turns out. What are we all waiting for?
March, Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell