Another tic on my challenge list with the book March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. This one is for “Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner”. Specifically, it won the “National Book Award-Young People’s Literature” for 2016. As well, it won the “Coretta Scott King (Author) Award”, the “Michael L Printz Award”, the “Robert F Sibert Informational Book Award”, the “YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction”, and the “Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature-Young Adult”.
John Lewis, a congressman from Georgia, was a civil rights leader in the 60s and onward, and became inspired to do so after reading a comic book about Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Book Three continues after the bombing in 1963 of the church in Birmingham and includes the Selma to Montgomery marches and his trip to Africa.
Here is my review of the book, as posted on Goodreads.com:
This book was on my list as it won or was nominated for quite a few awards. I had not read the first two books, but I feel that was okay – I was still able to follow the book.
I must admit, I didn’t know much of John Lewis before reading this graphic novel and after reading it, learned more of one of the lead people in the desegregation movement in the south. The first two books are also on my list now of “to read” to learn even more of his involvement in helping end segregation and help black folks gain the ability to vote.