A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
March: Book 3 delivers a powerful lesson in the history of the civil rights movement. It spans from the 1963 firebombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, to the inauguration of the first African-American president, Barack Obama. It stresses the importance of being able to vote.
Injustice can be fought with nonviolence. The poor and powerless can prevail through collective action.
Violence & Scariness
March: Book Three is the most violent volume in the series. Lewis and his fellow protesters endure beatings with batons and cattle prods. Young girls die in the bombing of a church. Young men disappear, until their bodies are unearthed in the swamp.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
John Lewis alludes to romances between young civil rights workers, but none are dramatized.
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Rough and racist language is part of the story. African-Americans are referred to by the "N" word and also called "coons." "Damn" and "hell" are used a few times. "F--k" is used once and meets with disapproval.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Young civil rights workers have a party at which beer is served. Various people smoke cigars and cigarettes, as was the habit at the time.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Medal and Michael J. Printz Medal winner March: Book Three concludes the trilogy of graphic novels about John Lewis and the fight for civil rights in the mid-1960s. Casual racism, beatings by police, and murders by white supremacists are part of the story, which becomes quite intense at times. The authors and artist don't sugarcoat the story, but they also don't portray violence gratuitously. The language is often harsh, with frequent use of the "N" word; "damn," "hell," and "f--k" are used less frequently. Sex and substances are barely mentioned.
Is It Any Good?
Comics can bring social issues to life in ways that sometimes surpass other media, and this remarkable trilogy demonstrates exactly how. For March: Book Three, Rep. John Lewis has a wealth of experience from which to draw, and he and his younger collaborators have created a nonfiction graphic memoir designed to enlighten and encourage a new generation of engaged readers. March: Book Three celebrates the bravery and resourcefulness of the early members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee but doesn't shy away from showing the costs some paid for their quest for justice. The trilogy is a marvel of nonfiction visual storytelling.
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