“Segregation at the downtown stores bothered us the most.
“Segregation at the downtown stores bothered us the most. We could shop there and pay the same prices as white customers, but we couldn’t use the dressing rooms, or sit at the lunch counter to eat. It was humiliating.”
These are the words in Congressman John Lewis’s “March.” John Lewis was the sixth speaker in the famous March on Washington, while Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke tenth.
This is a story of a boy who went from an Alabama farm to a classroom to a life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. He started the Nashville Student, a protest in public places that got his fellow students beaten horribly when they were still in college.
John Lewis first started to realize what was happening when he went up north with his Uncle Otis. His uncle and aunt had white people living right next door to them. Colored people could do almost anything that white people could do. It was so strange to him. He was used to being discriminated against.
Once he realized what was happening, he went on with his life. It was business as usual.
And so he got to college. But that was when everything changed. He practiced and practiced for the protests that he and his classmates would do in public places. They had to learn how to protect themselves. But most of all, they stuck to faith and nonviolence to get them through.
I really loved this book. I feel like the graphic novel part of it was not like a superhero comic book, where there isn’t much writing and it is mostly just pictures. The pictures really acted for the writing, and they made the writing come to life in a way that couldn’t be explained in a regular book.
I would recommend this book to ages 9 and up, just so that they could understand what was happening.