This graphic novel continues the story started in March: Book One. Mr. Curiosity and I want to see how the story plays out (they still haven’t gotten to the bridge that showed up early in the story) and so we were going to get the next book.
Genre: graphic novel memoir
Length: 179 pages
Setting: Washington, D. C. in 2009 and various southern locations in the early 1960s
Summary: In the present day, Lewis is preparing to hear Obama’s acceptance speech. Back in the 1960s, he recounts the efforts to continue integration of restaurants and movie theaters in the south. We also see the start of the Freedom Rides into Birmingham, Alabama, to test a Supreme Court ruling that integrated buses and bus terminals. While the people testing segregation remain mostly nonviolent, the response of the public is often violent. They also organized the March on Washington.
Final thoughts: This is such a hard book to read, and yet so important. It boggles my mind how abusive and violent people were to the protestors just for being present and asking for change. The protestors, both black and white, accepted so much abuse and refused to respond in kind. I’m glad the book is in black and white, because I think adding color to the book would make it too heart-wrenching to read. The book hits some of the highlights of the Civil Rights movement – the Freedom Rides, the Children’s March, the March on Washington, and it ends with the bombing of the church in Birmingham, which means we need to get the last book to see how it all ends. Highly recommended for all but the young and sensitive.
Title comes from: People were marching for their rights in this second book in the series
Reading challenges fulfilled: I’ll count this as book #2 for the year since it is a significant read, and an M in my Title Reading the Alphabet challenge.
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