March: Book One

Episode 25

Dennis, Johnny, and Frances discuss March: Book One, by writers Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell. Join the gang as they discuss story of the early days of the Civil Rights movement and the childhood of Congressman John Lewis; the peril that John Lewis and other participants of Civil Rights movement faced as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday; how Mr. Lewis had an innate drive to protect innocence and for justice when he was a child, especially for his chickens; the dangers faced while traveling North with his uncle through the Jim Crow states and the culture shock of being a big city for the first time; the friction that the younger Civil Rights leaders felt with the older leaders; the tragedy of Emmett Till and the effect it had on a teenage Lewis; the dangers of going to a desegregated college; the strategies employed by the Civil Rights leaders to move ever closer to social justice; the parallels of governmental leaders in the Jim Crow South and President Trump; and the gangs’ opinions on the storying telling and the art of March: Book One.

*Disclaimer* This episode discussing March: Book One was recorded in late 2017, when the #MeToo Movement first started picking up on social and traditional media, so some of the topics discussed in this episode were new at the time this was recorded.

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Featured music:

Songe d’Automne by Latche Swing
Tonight Will Be Fine (Leonard Cohen cover) by The Walkmen

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