Class of 2024: March

A graphic novel about the Civil Rights Movement.

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About the Book

March, Book One, by Congressman John Lewis, is the first of three graphic novels in a trilogy about the U.S. civil rights movement. Book One describes Lewis’ childhood in rural Alabama, his inspirational meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and the fight to dismantle segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins.

March, Book One was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. In 2016, the third volume of the March trilogy became the first graphic novel to receive the National Book Award.

Why Read March?

March recounts some of the most significant events in recent U.S. history, and tells the story of John Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement. It’s a way for today’s young people to learn more about the activism that led to increased equity and awareness in our country today. In this interview, Lewis talks about his reasons for writing March, and what he hopes its impact will be.

About the Author

John Lewis was born in 1940 and grew up in rural Alabama where he experienced firsthand the effects of racial segregation. Inspired by a radio address by Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis got involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and ultimately became known as one of the “Big Six” Civil Rights activists. Lewis was a Freedom Rider, spoke at 1963's March on Washington and led the 1965 demonstration that became known as "Bloody Sunday." He was elected to Congress in 1986 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I keep my book?

  • Unfortunately, no. All One Book, One Helix books belong to Helix Charter High School. You will be required to return your book on the designated return day.

Can I write in my book?

  • No, you may not. Because these books belong to Helix and we would like to use them again, please do not write in your book. If you want to take notes, highlight quotes, or use other active reading strategies, please use sticky notes, index cards, or other non-permanent devices to do so.

Will this affect my grade?

  • All students are expected to read the book over summer break. There is no summer assignment, but you should be prepared to discuss the book when you begin class in the fall.
  • Your 11th grade English and Social Studies classes will reference the book, and you’ll have assignments related to March, Book 1. Assignments will vary depending on the classes you’ve enrolled in.

I am confused about an assignment or the book itself. Where can I ask questions?

What if I have lost my copy of the March?

  • Please contact the school librarian, Christina Potter ( in the case of a missing or lost book.

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about the events mentioned in the book? Check out these links!