Congressman John Lewis March Essay

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The graphic memoir, March, is a biography about Congressman John Lewis’ young life in rural Alabama which provides a great insight into lives of black families in 1940s and 50s under Jim Crow and segregation laws. March opens with a violent march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which the gruesome acts later became known as “Bloody Sunday,” during this march, 600 peaceful civil rights protestors were attacked by the Alabama state troopers for not listening to their commands. The story then goes back and forth depicts Lewis growing up in rural Alabama and President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. This story of a civil rights pioneer, John Lewis, portrays a strong influence between geography, community, and politics. The correlation between these pillars of March is that they have to coexist with other in order for John Lewis to exist that the world knows today. Lewis talks a lot about isolation in the book which is due to his location. He…show more content…
Segregation and civil injustice was prevalent and none of the politicians go out of their way to remedy that. So he decides to take matter into his own hands and reaches out to Dr. King. Fortunately, Dr. King sees determination in Lewis and supports him in his “march.” Later the rural community of Alabama exemplifies the notion of a tight-knit community. This was due to the protest let by Lewis and Jim Lawson, and also because a small town in Alabama stood up for civil right when no one else in history had. This book brings a hard and appalling reminder piece of American history, March is an effective work of explicit storytelling, and brings about a sense of unity. This book also goes to show how much of importance the coexistence of geography, community, and politics play in peoples’ lives. They play as the three pillars of March, in which the circumstances they fall in shape John Lewis as a man of
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