Synopses & Reviews
Top Shelf is honored to present a milestone of comics history: the stunning conclusion to the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy.
By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: "One Man, One Vote."
To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.
With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening ... even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.
"Every bit the first two’s equal... An essential story." Austin American-Statesman
"Simultaneously epic and intimate... These vivid black-and-white visuals soar." School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"A stirring call to action that’s particularly timely in this election year, and one that will resonate and empower young readers in particular. Essential reading." Booklist (Starred Review)
"This memoir's unique eyewitness view of epochal events makes it essential reading for an understanding of those times—and these." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"March is one of the most important graphic novels ever created — an extraordinary presentation of an extraordinary life, and proof that young people can change the world. I'm stunned by the power of these comics, and grateful that Congressman Lewis's story will enlighten and inspire future generations of readers and leaders." Raina Telgemeier
About the Author
JOHN LEWIS is Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District Representative and an American icon widely known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement. Lewis’ 1999 memoir Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, called "the definitive account of the civil rights movement" (The Washington Post), won numerous honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy, Lillian Smith, and Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. His subsequent book, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, received for the NAACP Image Award. His first graphic novel, March (Book One) — co-authored with Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell — was published by Top Shelf in August 2013, becoming a #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestseller and an award-winning landmark in the graphic novel field. The sequel, March: Book Two, was released in January 2015.
ANDREW AYDIN is the co-author (with Congressman John Lewis) of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series March, drawn by Nate Powell. An Atlanta native, Andrew grew up reading and collecting comic books. After college, upon taking a job with Congressman Lewis, Andrew learned that the civil rights legend had been inspired as a young man by a classic 1950s comic book, Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. They discussed the impact that comic books can have on young readers and decided to write a graphic novel together about the civil rights era. The March series was born in 2013.
NATE POWELL is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of U.S. congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell’s work has received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, an Eisner Award, two Ignatz Awards, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, a Best American Comics selection, and has been nominated for a total of 8 Eisner Awards, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and 3 Harvey Awards.