Book Three

Paperback - 2016
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Welcome to the conclusion of the March trilogy, in which Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to life for a new generation.
Publisher: Marietta, GA, USA : Top Shelf Productions, [2016]
ISBN: 9781603094023
Characteristics: 246 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: March. Book 3


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Volume 3 of the autobiographical graphic novel series swept the 2016 awards season, winning the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Printz, the Sibert and YALSA's Nonfiction Award.

Volume 3 of the autobiographical graphic novel series swept the 2016 awards season, winning the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Printz, the Sibert and YALSA's Nonfiction Award.

Coretta Scott King Author Winner,
Sibert Winner, Printz Winner, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Winner

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AlishaH_KCMO Mar 04, 2020

March: Book Three is the third book in a three part autobiography graphic novel series about the early life of Congressman John Lewis and the fight for Civil Rights.

This book starts with the fatal bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Avenue Baptist Church, the Freedom Summer where Lewis and other activists tried to get other blacks to register to vote, and then the march to Selma.

This whole series was an amazing read and I'm so thankful for them. I wish I had them in high school when I was learning about this time.

Nov 17, 2018

Riveting and extremely clear account of this chapter of the Civil Rights Movement. I hope every elementary, middle and senior high school in MN is using this book in classes, and has it available on the library shelf. Stunning

Jun 05, 2018

100% agree all 3 books in this series should be required reading for everybody everywhere. John Lewis a living legend

LPL_MeredithW Dec 30, 2017

This trilogy should be required reading. Stunning artwork combined with a Rep. Lewis's strong, clear voice makes for a moving, timely read.

ArapahoeLaura Jul 30, 2017

The 2016 National Book Award Winner for Children's Literature, and with good reason. This concludes the March series that chronicles Rep. John Lewis' involvement in the Civil Rights movement. Truly eye-opening

Jun 29, 2017

Throughout March, Lewis emphasizes action over legislation, highlight the fact that while laws are important, they mean nothing without practical enforcement or compliance. Even as it concludes at a triumphal moment, with the inauguration of the United States’ first black president, there is a note of sadness and caution. One of the last scenes depicts Lewis listening to his voicemail. “I was thinking about the years of work, the bloodshed…the people who didn’t live to see this day,” Ted Kennedy says as Lewis listens in the dark, head in his hands. March is dedicated to “the past and future children of the movement.” And the next day, Congressman Lewis is back at his office, planning to educate those future children about what was lost, what was gained, and the work yet to be done.

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KHCPL_Doug Jun 15, 2017

A staggering good conclusion to the March series. This volume is maybe a little more violent than the previous two, which lends a slightly bleak, dark aspect to the story. But it's still told with such genuine passion and forthrightness that it is still a stand-out series on the Civil Rights issues of the 60's. And not enough can be said about the art in each volume. Truly a stunning and inspiring set of books that I can see becoming standard reading for students in Middle and High Schools everywhere.

Jun 15, 2017

These 3 books on the civil rights movement are excellent. I lived through those times and reading about them was very interesting. John Lewis does an excellent job of telling the story of the movement. The illustrations are wonderful. Every youth should read these books and understand some of our history.

JCLChrisK Feb 22, 2017

I would be surprised if most people’s first reaction to seeing a good rating for a book about the Civil Rights movement wasn’t, “Of course it gets a good rating, the book is about something important.” And it’s true, the facts of the events are significant, moving, and worth engaging for their own merit. But that’s not what the rating is about. It’s about the storytelling. Lewis and his colleagues aren’t just sharing history, they’re telling his personal story, and they give those facts flesh, blood, personality, and life. They give it perspective and emotion. They make it compelling. This is a story of human drama that is deeply affecting. I couldn’t quite read all three volumes in one sitting, but I sure wanted to. And I hope many others get the chance to try as well.

MGBustillo Jan 30, 2017

An award winning conclusion to an amazing graphic novel series.

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mvkramer Aug 20, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The sheer level of state-sponsored violence against African-Americans is pretty terrifying. Of course, this all actually happened, which is terrible in itself.

mvkramer Aug 20, 2016

Violence: Accurately depicts violence used against Civil Rights leaders and protesters.

mvkramer Aug 20, 2016

Coarse Language: The "N" word makes a frequent appearance, as you'd expect.


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Jun 29, 2017

March: Book Three opens where March: Book Two left off, with the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963. The third volume is by far the longest in the trilogy, and has the most ground to cover, not necessarily in terms of time, but in terms of significant events in the civil rights movement, when participation and media attention gained critical mass. This installment includes the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Malcom X, the Freedom Summer voter registration project, the Selma march, and the passage of the Civil Rights Bill and the Voting Rights Act. The frame narrative that anchored the first volume has mostly slipped away, with only occasional references back to the inauguration of Barack Obama. It concludes on a meta note, with Lewis and Aydin discussing the idea of turning Lewis’ memoirs into a comic book.


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Jun 29, 2017

For so many months I’d kept my emotions bottled up to be strong for those counting on me to lead, but there I was alone in the dark with it all.


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