March: Book Three

Winner, National Book Awards 2016 for Young People's Literature

March: Book Three, book cover, by Congressmen John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
ISBN 9781603094023
Top Shelf Productions / IDW Publishing
Congressman John Lewis author photo, credit Ned Ahrens
John Lewis

John Lewis co-authored the third volume of the graphic memoir March Trilogy with Andrew Aydin, drawn by Nate Powell. Lewis is Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District Representative and an American icon widely known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement. More about this author >

Andrew Aaydin author photo, credit Bob Adelman
Andrew Aydin

Andrew Aydin, an Atlanta native, 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 StoryMore about this author >

Nate Powell author photo, credit Rett Peek
Nate Powell

In addition to the March series, Nate Powell's work includes Rick Riordan’s The Lost HeroYou Don’t SayAny EmpireSwallow Me WholeThe Silence of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts. More about this author >

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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.

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An epic historical memoir, the third volume of the graphic novel series March creates a visceral and immediate experience of history from the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church to the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The work is powerful, not only for its extraordinary storytelling and visuals, but for its chilling timeliness. March: Book Three reminds us how far we have come, and how far we still have to go.


2016 National Book Awards -Lewis, Aydin & Powell Win Young People's Lit. Award (Full)

Lewis, Aydin, and Powell read from March: Book Three, 2016 NBAs Finalists Reading