March by John Lewis

This isn’t a review. I’m a little surprised I haven’t heard of this trilogy.

For those who don’t know, John Lewis is one of the last remaining civils rights era icons of the mid-20th century civil rights movement that took place throughout the United States. A movement that persists to this day. He’s represented Georgia in the US House of Representatives for some time now. When he speaks about civil rights and liberties people listen because he was on the front lines of the movement long before plenty of people (myself included) were ever born and before millions of people embraced the change that was undoubtedly needed but difficult to come by.

I just accidentally stumbled upon a set of books he’s written to chronicle the era. But these aren’t your typical history books. They’re graphic novels. I imagine the aim is to educate a younger audience in history through a medium they’re familiar with. I have no information on whether or not this is happening, but I’d actually like to see middle and high school teachers use the books to supplement textbooks. Time in the classroom is so limited, much the same as space in textbooks, so I say why not assign students graphic novels written by someone who has one of the greatest perspectives of the era? I remember being taught almost exclusively from textbooks in history classes, which is fine but far from exhaustive.

I think this trilogy of graphic novels set during the mid-20th century is a good way to teach history in a different way that many will embrace and enjoy.

What do you think of using them to teach history? 

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March Sets a New Record

February set a new record for most views per day in a calendar month, and now March has set the record for most Likes in a calendar month. March was actually on a record-setting pace for most of the month, but then slowed down a bit. Let’s take a look. Previous record will be in parenthesis.

Posts: 31 (31)

Likes: 837 (714)

Comments: 839 (2121)

Followers: 2582

Books Read: 0

Poems Posted: 2

Very recently I reached 700 Likes for a calendar month for the first time (January) and now I’ve gone ahead and reached 800. Go, me! But I know what you’re thinking when you read those numbers. You’re thinking about the donut next to the number of books I read. It’s okay. I’m not worried about it. Everything else looks fine to me. Now for some posts.

Top Post

2500 WordPress Followers and Surprise!

Favorite Post

Saturday Selects #13: Love has no labels

Post you may Have Missed

20 Years ago Today…

Everyone has always loved it when people write about how great their blog is doing, so I fully expected the top post this month to be the top post. After a quarter of the calendar year I’m well on my way to posting the number of poems I’d like to post and reaching my other blog-related goals. AND I’ve now posted each day in February and March. I don’t know how much longer I can keep it up with my trip and just being sleepy most days, but I’ll go as long as I can.

Tell me about your March. My favorite part was that Spring finally arrived here in Texas!