Jun 12

Title: March: Book Two
Author: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
Illustrator: Nate Powell
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Publication Date: January 20, 2015

March: Book Two continues the story of Congressman John Lewis’ experience during the Civil Right’s Movement. As the tension around the country grew, the violence and language used against the Nashville Student Movement and others participating in the Civil Right’s Movement intensified. A large portion of this graphic novel focuses on the Freedom Rides. The juxtaposition of the Freedom Riders’ experiences with Barack Obama’s inauguration is just as, if not more, powerful than its use in the first volume. The struggle and perseverance of the Freedom Riders, the students of the Children’s Crusade, and the countless men and women who wouldn’t back down made an everlasting change on the United States. That’s not to say that everyone agreed with how their goals should be achieved. While many supported the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this graphic novel doesn’t skirt around the fact that others questioned non-violent protests and wanted to defend themselves or react with violence in turn.

This outstanding graphic novel trilogy continues to be one that should be in all high school and public libraries.

May 14

Comics Uniting Nations is a partnership between a group of non-profit organizations and the U.N. that is striving to create a collection of 17 original short comics on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs will be the topic of the U.N.’s September 2015 summit in NYC. If the Kickstarter project is successful, the comics will allow for greater accessibility and education through the universal visual language of comics and empower people to make lasting changes in their communities for the betterment of all. Below is the visual representation of this project from http://comicsunitingnations.org/

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This project was made possible in part by a Family Literacy Library Services grant from the New York State Library, New York State Education Department.