Run :Book One (Run, 1)

Run :Book One (Run, 1)
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August 03, 2021
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The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series March—the continuation of the life story of John Lewis and the struggles seen across the United States after the Selma voting rights campaign.

To John Lewis, the civil rights movement came to an end with the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. But that was after more than five years as one of the preeminent figures of the movement, leading sit–in protests and fighting segregation on interstate busways as an original Freedom Rider. It was after becoming chairman of SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and being the youngest speaker at the March on Washington. It was after helping organize the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the ensuing delegate challenge at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. And after coleading the march from Selma to Montgomery on what became known as “Bloody Sunday.” All too often, the depiction of history ends with a great victory. But John Lewis knew that victories are just the beginning. In Run: Book One, John Lewis and longtime collaborator Andrew Aydin reteam with Nate Powell—the award–winning illustrator of the March trilogy—and are joined by L. Fury—making an astonishing graphic novel debut—to tell this often overlooked chapter of civil rights history.

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First You March, Then You Run
(Updated: December 11, 2021)
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What worked: Powerful recollections of Congressman John Lewis and his role in the civil rights movement. What I loved was how readers see what happened after President Johnson signed The Voter Rights Act in 1965 and how hard it still was for all, mostly Black Americans, to exercise their rights to vote. Readers also see how some continued to resist and did everything they could to quell all from voting. Lewis's story is one filled with courage, bravery, loss, and ultimately redemption.

The story is complex. Readers see that there was diversion within SNCC, that not all believed in non-violent approach to protest. Lewis gave all he had to SNCC and when he was ousted, he struggled with what to do next. At the back of the novel is a list of key figures during this time. Lewis lived his whole life pursuing voter rights for all. His message is one of not giving up and continuing the fight.

I loved the illustrations and strongly feel this graphic novel should be included in high school curriculums for discussion on civil rights and also equal access to vote for all. The timing of this series is perfect for what our country is dealing with after the Supreme Court's 2013 repeal of The Voter Rights Act. History is repeating itself again. Only when we know the past are we able to not repeat it.

Strong portrayal of not only a tumultuous time in our country's history, but the journey of Congressman John Lewis and his persistence to not give up even those around him continued to push back on letting all exercise their right to vote.
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1. Powerful description of the early 1960s and The Voter Right Act
2. Mostly though Congressman John Lewis's story
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