March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence — but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement’s young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart.
But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy... and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Why We Chose This
During his years as Vice President under Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon sought to ensure minorities weren’t discriminated against and worked with Congress to spearhead the Civil Rights Act of 1957, a precursor to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In the March series, discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis.
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
9.5h x 6.5"w