Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Timely Read

I read this book on the same day as the Women's March in Washington, D.C. and the sister marches all over the world. Pretty timely reading I must say. I read the first volume in March of 2016.

Book Review
March Book Two
Top Shelf Productions, 2015
Read January 2017
5 stars
March Book Two comes after the success of the cafeteria and luncheon sit-ins in Tennessee. Lewis star is rising among the different Civil Rights groups and within his own SNCC. The SNCC decide to take on the bus companies in the wake of the US Supreme Court decision of Boynton v. Virginia. This new campaign would become known as the Freedom Riders. The book ends with the 1963 March on Washington and Lewis' speech.

The pictures and story were engrossing and powerful, but still historically accurate. Lewis begins to spend some time with MLK Jr. but also describes how Malcolm X was a part of the struggle, even though the two men had differing ideas of how to go about fighting. Lewis also has no issue with mentioning Bayard Rustin and his role (and the backlash that came with him) in the planning of the march. Lewis talks about the divide within the SNCC between the voter enfranchisement sect and the direct (non-violent) action sect. Both would play a key part in continuing the fight, and much like MLK Jr and Malcom X, both showed a range of personalities and ideas within the Civil Rights Movement, making the movement less monolithic than simple history lessons often show the movement being.

I decided I needed the entire trilogy for my own personal library (the first two volumes were borrowed from the library). This is the type of story you give to your children to help expand their knowledge of their country's history. 

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