March (March, #3) by John Lewis

March (March, #3)

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. 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 vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

Details March (March, #3)

TitleMarch (March, #3)
Release DateAug 2nd, 2016
PublisherTop Shelf Productions
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, History, Autobiography, Memoir, Comics, Biography

Reviews March (March, #3)

  • Bill Kerwin
    It was the evening before the inauguration, and I was looking for something to read, something that would fortify me against the dark rhetoric of soon-to-be president Trump. I decided on March 3, the final volume of Congressman John Lewis’ graphic autobiographical account of the civil rights struggle, and it turned out to be an excellent choice.I read half of the book that night, from the Birmingham church bombing in September of ‘63 to the f...
  • Carol
    "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana"The past isn't dead. It isn't even past." William Faulkner, Requiem for a NunIn The March Trilogy, John Lewis has given us the gift of his memory and his experience. It is an invaluable, accessible record of the struggle for civil rights, and especially the right to vote, in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. 1958-1965. The least I could do is read it.
  • Idarah
    "But even if we pass this bill, the battle will not be over. What happened in Selma is part of a far larger movement, which reaches into every section and state of America. It is the effort of American Negroes to secure for themselves the full blessings of American life. Their cause must be our cause, too. Because it's not just Negros, but really it's all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice… and we shall overc...
  • Melki
    "How could our quest for simple human dignity spawn such evil?"This was such a hard one to read. I had to put the book down for a while. It begins with the 1963 Birmingham church bombing. People are beaten with sticks and fists. Civil Rights workers are killed. And the faces of the white crowds watching the protesters! Such hatred! Such anger! I thought surely I would never see such venomous faces again. I was wrong.It seems it never, never goes ...
  • Diane
    This was the last book I read in 2016, and it was an excellent way to end my reading year. The March books are comics about Congressman John Lewis' experiences during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. This third volume opens with the September 1963 bombing of an African-American baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four girls. That opening violence shows how bloody the struggle for Civil Rights would become. In this final volu...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    This story is absolutely 5 stars, but the storytelling felt a little sloppy in this volume. I had to check that I hadn't skipped a page several times because information would be introduced and suddenly dropped. I can understand that there are many tidbits Lewis would want to include though, and memoirs aren't as structured as fiction, but the first two volumes felt smoother to me. Regardless, this is a comic about a real life super hero and I am...
  • Calista
    Wow, this series is so powerful. I honestly can't imagine facing down so much violence. The story in these pages is about standing up to a system and saying we are part of this country and we demand to be included. This is one of the most powerful stories I have seen told. This series is unbelievable. This last story is about the march over the Bridge from Selma to Montgomery. I simply can't believe the police and the brutality that was acted upo...
  • Rincey
    This graphic novel series is so, so, so good. I wish Rep. John Lewis would write more of them
  • David Schaafsma
    March, Book Three, masterfully completes the trilogy, but perhaps because of its awards and popularity and its timeliness, maybe they will just go on with the project. 7 years of work, well spent for historians and comics lovers. So put this series on your list. March, designed maybe primarily for teens, for a new generation of activists, as background to the present, and Black Lives Matter, through yet another spate of white cops killing black k...
  • leynes
    The grand finale of the March Trilogy by John Lewis. My heart is full. But let's get to the things that March: Book Three taught me: 1) The tension between Martin Luther King and the younger leaders of the movement thickens as the Baptists Church in Birmingham was bombed in September 1963 and four little children were murdered. Diane Nash and John Lewis (SNCC) pleaded for an all-out revolution, because what's enough is enough. MLK (SCLC) was agai...
  • Monica
    Books 1 and 2 were 5 star reads for me. Book 3 took it to another level! Spectacular!! A very well done series. 5+ StarsRead the dead tree version.
  • Trish
    So this is the book that won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2016. And it is a winner in every sense. The trilogy together gets under one’s skin. It has very little black/white discussion about it, which is exactly as it should be. The marches in Alabama and Mississippi were not so much about race as about human rights. First off, kudos to John Lewis for lasting so long in the midst of such outrageous attacks on both ...
  • Donovan
    "We MUST have the right to VOTE. We MUST have EQUAL PROTECTION under the law, and an END to POLICE BRUTALITY." Not much has changed since 1965, when blacks (and some progressive whites) marched all over the south, from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Speeches were made, laws were passed, but what history books usually neglect to mention is the level of brutality on nonviolent protesters. I lost track of how many times John Lewis was attacked and ar...
  • Skye Kilaen
    I teared up so many times reading this final installment of the March series. The first book felt more like necessary background information, albeit well-told and beautifully illustrated. The second was significantly more complex, and this third one doesn't let up. So much tragedy, and so much hard work and sacrifice just trying to establish the most basic of protections for African-Americans in the U.S. This series should be required reading in ...
  • Sam Quixote
    I swear I’m not doing this to be “contrarian” or any of that bullshit, I’m just being honest. Don’t take my less-than-stellar rating to mean that I’m racist and against equal rights or think little of the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement. I know most of you aren’t that dumb but, y’know, this is Internetland, where stupidity knows no limit! And yes, it’s disappointing that American race relations remain in the toilet even in ...
  • Teresa
    Most of this volume encompasses the events in Selma, Alabama, that led to legislation to enforce an amendment of the Constitution. Let that sink in as to why the legislation was necessary. Why it could be achieved only after much bloodshed is one of those sad, (almost) unanswerable, questions. I stopped in anger at the scene of police brutality toward two volunteers trying to give drinking water to those hoping to register to vote standing in lin...
  • Tatiana
    Not smoothly written, but this series of graphic novels is a remarkable document of an immense courage and persistence of fighters for civil rights. Especially hard to read now, when white nationalists and racists are gaining power and popularity.
  • Julie Ehlers
    Recently I made a vow to cut way down on my library checkouts, but when I saw the boxed set of the March trilogy at a branch near my house, I just couldn't resist. Still, immediately after I took it out, I experienced borrower's remorse. Had I bit off more than I could chew? The slipcovered set taunted me from atop a corner bookcase in my living room as I wondered if I could commit to the whole thing at once. Maybe I should just return it unread,...
  • Shadowdenizen
    What can I say? A 5-star trifecta for the trilogy!I don't generally discuss politics here (unless it's the governing of a fantasy land!!)....But it adds context to Lewis' stand on Trump, and his refusal to attend the inauguration. And I applaud him for staying true to himself despite tremendous pressures to bend.This should be required reading for all ages/races/classes everywhere.
  • Raina
    I'm late to the party on this one because I was waiting for them to come out with one comprehensive volume. This may or may not have happened yet, but the library doesn't have it if it does exist. I started to feel an urgency to read it, and since all three volumes are out, decided that was good enough. I'll post the same review on all three volumes.John Lewis recounts the civil rights movement from his first-hand perspective. All three volumes a...
  • Maria Kramer
    Wow. This series blew me away. It should be required reading in every high school class. It does an amazing job of personalizing the Civil Rights movement and making it more than just a series of names and dates, but a real struggle, a nonviolent revolution that cost people their lives. I'm amazed at the courage and tenacity of those Civil Rights leaders. How can you endure so much hate for so long without giving up in despair? A riveting read, a...
  • Erin
    The March trilogy is a testament to how far we've come & what we face in the present. John Lewis has spent his life fighting for the rights of the oppressed & continues to till this very day. So many people both black & white died in the fight to get civil rights. They we're called thugs, agitators, & troublemakers. None of that stopped them though because they understood 50 years ago that Black Lives Matter. The March series should be required r...
  • Joe
    March: Book Three is the most decorated book of the 2017 literary awards season, and I'll start by saying it deserves every accolade. It's almost overwhelming, though, how much there is to process.For one thing, the echoes of the current political climate, and, in particular, the climate that spawned the (very necessary) Black Lives Matter movement and the (very unnecessary) backlash against Muslims, is chilling. For the longest time, when people...
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: violence, murder, police brutality, racism, racial slurs.Holy wow. The previous two books in this trilogy were outstanding, but this was a cut above. The juxtaposition between the apparent hopelessness the civil rights movement was up against in Mississippi and Alabama and the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 was incredibly powerful. The sheer determination against overwhelming odds that Lewis and other key figures in the ci...
  • Meghan
    It's heartbreaking to read this trilogy in the wake of the basically total dismantling of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Too many hard-won victories from the Civil Rights movement have been forgotten. On the other hand, it is clear that the racist effort in this country is a long one, not just historical, but patient, always waiting to come back.Resist.
  • Karen Witzler
    Like reading fire. I was skeptical about this series. I was an idiot. Every American and all American middle/high school history students should read it. The events recounted are as important as the American Revolution itself. Thanks to John Lewis and his able collaborators for all three wonderful volumes.
  • Taryn Pierson
    What a humbling, hopeful, and unbelievably timely trilogy this is. John Lewis is an American hero, and what’s most amazing to me is that he refuses to quit. In the face of opposition, he keeps going. Even within the last year, he was literally “sitting in” on the floor of the House of Representatives. This is a man who believes change can still happen, even after all he’s seen and endured. That kind of strength baffles me even as it inspi...
  • Sarah Weathersby
    There is so much in this last installment of John Lewis' March series.This book opens with a BOOM, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four young girls as they sat in Sunday School.Lewis continues to focus on voting rights. I still remember vividly the day that President John Kennedy was assassinated. I was a freshman at Drew University, one of six black students in the whole college.Lewis was the leader of SNCC (Student Non-Vi...
  • Lisa Heins
    This whole series is brilliant and moving and, at times, really hard to read. In the same way televised images of beatings and police taking a firehose to protestors changed public sentiment regarding the Civil Rights movement, John Lewis' story, told in graphic form, is more effective than any textbook account of that period ever could be. Here, it is visceral. It is urgent. It is powerful and deeply affecting. This last installation is no diffe...