In the previous volume we got a small glimpse of America in the 1950s through early 1960s. We get major insight into John Lewis upbringing and his journey towards working with Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement. For the most part the first volume was an introduction and setting up the groundwork for this graphic novel. We as the readers get to see the sad reality of how our country was reacting towards these nonviolent protests. African-Americans were brilliant during these protests as they learned how to accept the reactions of others and yet not back down in the face of adversity. These nonviolence protest were effective in the sense of bringing attention to the millions of Americans who were in denial that segregation exist or rather choose to be in denial that racism exist in modern society. When people start to act like animals it becomes easier in our choices to fight back without reason.
Now that African-Americans around the south began this movement, it became a struggle for white supremacist to deal with this outbreak of resilience. Protestors are not fighting with their hands instead with their brains and it allowed the dialogue to change and showcase that the white supremacists are the true ruthless animals that are causing havoc. Segregation and racism was buried deep in our society and now thanks to Dr. King efforts it was bringing the darkness towards the light.
Change is a difficult process to accept and imagining that its possible for black people to be accepted as equals in their society makes it confusing, chaotic, and frightening for those who are not ready for change or has the misconception that segregation is the true way for our society to strive and survive.
John Lewis does not hold back to the atrocities that were committed by the police and civilians towards black people during the movement and it breaks my heart to witness how countless people were either murdered, and beaten to the point where their face was unrecognizable. The intention was to break peoples souls because if they feel pain then they will realize what are people capable of in terms of remaining segregated.
The courageous part that I noticed throughout this volume that we as Americans are lacking is not giving up in your beliefs and principals. There are moments that keep surfacing for John Lewis and Dr. King in the sense of quitting and yet they realized if they surrendered towards bigotry then that means they will never be free. I don’t know how long this has been happening in the 21st century but lately whenever people get outraged about something they use Facebook and other social media outlets to explain their outrage and then 5 mins later they move on towards something else and believe that will cause effective change.
People don’t know how to protest anymore or rather too afraid to stand up towards their belief and be willing to sacrifice themselves in order to tackle the awful dilemmas at hand. Just looking at the results of this election and the outrage reaction is a huge indicator that people need to learn how to effectively protest and not let anyone in power manipulate and abused us. The Civil Rights movement happen over 50 years ago and yet it struck a cord that is still relevant today and it has shown me that while we as Americans have overcome a lot we still have room for improvement and having our new President isn’t a big enough sign then I don’t know what is…
There are not enough words to describe the brilliance of this graphic novel series and I hope everyone grabs a copy and reads it. Educate yourself and know about your country’s history or we are doomed to repeat it. John Lewis graphic novel is my beacon of hope right now in January 2017.