Article Title

March: Book Three


Emma Patton


Excellent, Young Adult, graphic novel, Civil Rights, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, politics, activism

Document Type

Book Review


By 1963, the Civil Rights movement had many supporters, but it still had a long way to go before finally achieving the magnitude of change that its fighters were seeking. Support was split up into different activist groups which all had the same ultimate goal of equality, but had different ideas about how to achieve that goal. John Lewis served as Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during these pivotal years. Amidst mounting tension between various Civil Rights groups, empty promises for change from the White House, and continued violence at the hands of local authorities, Lewis was forced to make tough decisions that would accomplish change most efficiently. Using nonviolent tactics, Lewis and his student activists planned and participated in the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and other demonstrations in the American south to promote change. Even with the threat of violence and death, Lewis and other activists saw the profound importance of their movement and believed in it enough to continue on even when all seemed hopeless.