After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence - but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before.Last year I reviewed the first book in this series - click here to see that initial review.
Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the young activists of the movement struggle with internal conflicts as well. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy... and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
I was so excited when this one came out, so I have no rational explanation for why it took me so long to finally pick it up. Once again, I was blown away. The story is remarkable, all the more so because its biographical. I am continually amazed that we live in an era where we get to hear these amazing stories from civil rights leaders who are still living. I'm inspired and moved by John Lewis's story and his dedication to the civil rights movement. The art itself is beautifully done. I have nothing critical to say, but would only add that, as with the first book, this is essential for any high school or public library. It's an amazing way to introduce history to students and adults in a time when the civil rights movement is particularly important.