March: Discussion Post 1

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Beth and I have both finally gotten our copies of March in the mail, and I started reading it at breakfast this morning! This couldn’t be a more pertinent read. As I am sure you have seen, Senator Elizabeth Warren was officially silenced for the rest of the hearing on whether to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. She was silenced for reading out part of a letter written by Coretta Scott King to the chair of the judiciary committee in 1986 on Sessions’ possible appointment to a federal judgeship. Warren was officially silenced for, ‘breaking Rule 19, which forbids members from imputing to a colleague “any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”‘ (quote from NPR.)

 

In the letter, King writes about the march from Selma to Montgomery in the letter, setting the stage to discuss subsequent actions designed to deny people their right to vote. She writes, “I was privileged to join Martin and many others during the Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights in 1965. Martin was particularly impressed by the determination to get the franchise of blacks in Selma and neighboring Perry County.” You can read the letter in its entirety here.

 

Volume one begins with Lewis’s early life; we won’t get to Selma until volume 3 (I believe). It is not often that we read historical pieces that are so immediately relevant as we read them.

For this post, I’m not going to ask discussion questions. So, please feel free to comment with your first impressions of the graphic novel. Are you reading along with us? Have you started? How do you feel about pet chickens? We look forward to hearing what you have to say in the comments.

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One thought on “March: Discussion Post 1

  1. Never make friends with your food but also adorable him naming and preaching to his chickens. I like how they set up the story. They set the foundation about how John Lewis. How sensitive he is and how he treats his chickens. How much he loves learning and willingness to continue to learn. Also, how perceptive he is. How he noticed what his minister was saying versus the car he was driving, the treatment black students got versus white. How Black and White people treated each other in Buffalo versus in the south.
    When John and his uncle were driving south, I was taken aback about how practically they had to be about when they could be stop knowing that stopping at the wrong pit stop could put them in harms way. These are things that I have never had to think about or worry about no matter where I have traveled before. How sad that citizens were and still afraid to travel to other place in our country.
    What does everyone think?

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