“Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I'm so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America's young leaders. In MARCH, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands.”
–President Bill Clinton
“With MARCH, Congressman John Lewis takes us behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. In graphic novel form, his first-hand account makes these historic events both accessible and relevant to an entire new generation of Americans.”
“MARCH is one of the most important graphic novels ever created — an extraordinary presentation of an extraordinary life, and proof that young people can change the world. I'm stunned by the power of these comics, and grateful that Congressman Lewis's story will enlighten and inspire future generations of readers and leaders.”
“An incredible accomplishment.
MARCH explains — more deeply than anything else I’ve ever read — the methods and the moral foundations of the civil rights movement, how civil rights activists did what they did and won what they won, and how they had the strength to do it in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.”
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#1 New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller
First Graphic Novel to Win the National Book Award
First Graphic Novel to Receive a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
Winner of the Eisner Award
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
Featured in YALSA’s “Outstanding Books for the College Bound”
Endorsed by NYC Public Schools' "NYC Reads 365" Program
Almost sixty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. edited a 16-page comic book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Distributed by hand in churches, schools, and nonviolence workshops, it dramatized the fledgling movement and its tactics to a generation of future leaders— including a young John Lewis.
Today, Lewis is continuing that legacy, and using comics to educate and inspire a new generation. Together with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Congressman Lewis is creating a transformative work of literature in the graphic novel series March: a #1 New York Times bestseller that brings his memories of the civil rights movement to urgent new life.
As a graphic novel memoir, March engages readers with unforgettable imagery and first-person narration, combining the disciplines of art, literature, and history in a single document. Students will not only understand the history of the civil rights movement but also connect in a deeply personal way with the story of nonviolent activism in America.
On campus, March is a catalyst for vital discussions about diversity, society, and active engagement in one's community, in ways that are not just historical but directly relevant to today's world. And what's more, it focuses specifically on the role of young people.
Adopted by schools across America
The MARCH graphic novel series has been widely adopted by first-year "common reading" and other community programs at campuses such as:
- Michigan State University
- Georgia State University
- Marquette University
- University of Utah
- Washburn University
- Louisiana State University
- Indiana University
- Henderson State University
- University of Illinois — Springfield
- University of Maryland — Eastern Shore
- Ohio State University
- San Francisco State University
- Harper College
- Molloy College
- Nassau Community College
MARCH has been assigned in middle and high schools in over 40 states!
"This graphic novel’s presentation of civil rights is startlingly contemporary."—The New York Times
"There is perhaps no more important modern book to be stocked in American school libraries than March."—The Washington Post
"This vivid rendering of Lewis’ story stimulates both robust learning about the past and critical thinking about current and future events, making March a powerful and urgently relevant title for today’s classrooms."—Teaching Tolerance
"This insider’s view of the civil rights movement should be required reading for young and old; not to be missed."—School Library Journal (starred review)
When their busy schedules permit, the authors of March love to speak to schools and communities who use their books in collective reading programs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about inviting the authors to your institution as part of such a program.