"March: Book One" by John Lewis, pages 1-75

Written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, Congressman John Lewis's award-winning graphic novel chronicles his experiences in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

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  1. conducive
    tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
    Your march is not conducive to the public safety -- you are ordered to disperse and go back to your church or to your homes!
  2. disperse
    move away from each other
    Your march is not conducive to the public safety -- you are ordered to disperse and go back to your church or to your homes!
  3. inauguration
    the ceremonial induction into a position
    We're from Atlanta, and we've come for the inauguration -- I was bringing my boys here so they could see John Lewis' office.
  4. sharecropper
    a tenant farmer who owes a portion of each harvest for rent
    It was every penny my father had to his name, money earned by tenant farming. My father was a sharecropper.
  5. persecute
    cause to suffer
    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  6. righteousness
    adhering to moral principles
    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  7. comprehend
    get the meaning of something
    By the time I was five I could read it myself, and one phrase struck me strongly, though I couldn't comprehend its full meaning at the time.
  8. congregation
    a group of people who habitually attend a given church
    I imagined that they were my congregation.
  9. genuinely
    in accordance with truth or fact or reality
    This was not child's play. I was genuinely grief-stricken, and the services were painstakingly precise.
  10. eulogy
    a formal expression of praise for someone who has died
    I would gather whichever of my sisters and brothers and cousins I could. And I would deliver a eulogy.
  11. revive
    be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength
    In my panic I hoped somehow the sun's heat might dry its feathers and maybe revive it.
  12. barter
    an equal exchange
    From time to time, they would have no cash to pay the rolling store man for some sorely-needed sugar or flour, so they would offer a bird in barter instead.
  13. earnest
    characterized by a firm, humorless belief in one's opinions
    I was so serious, very earnest, still sermonizing with my chickens, still protesting when that white meat went on the table.
  14. confront
    oppose, as in hostility or a competition
    Despite everything that confronted me on the way to school, I was in heaven once I stepped inside it.
  15. scold
    censure severely or angrily
    I did it again, and of course he would scold me again.
  16. desegregation
    incorporation of a formerly excluded group into a community
    The U.S. Supreme Court had handed down its decision in the school desegregation case of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka.
  17. integrated
    not segregated
    I thought that, come fall, I'd be riding a state-of-the-art bus to a state-of-the-art school. An integrated school.
  18. injustice
    an unjust act
    But my parents' attitude didn't bother me nearly as much as those among the ministers at the church, who never mentioned these injustices in their sermons.
  19. principle
    a basic generalization that is accepted as true
    Dr. King's message hit me like a bolt of lightning. He applied the principles of the church to what was happening now, today.
  20. watershed
    an event marking an important historical change of course
    At the time, I could only find one newspaper article. But 1955 was a watershed year.
  21. defiance
    an act boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    In May, a second Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board prompted segregationist elected officials, like Senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, to swear to the death their continued defiance of the court.
  22. domestic
    of or relating to the home
    More than a few wives and mothers from Pike county did domestic work in Montgomery.
  23. boycott
    refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization
    So when Dr. King, as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, led a boycott of those buses, we felt like we were a part of it, too.
  24. theological
    of or relating to or concerning the study of religion
    It mentioned a school in Nashville called American Baptist Theological Seminary that was jointly supported by the white Southern Baptists and black National Baptists.
  25. seminary
    a school for training ministers or priests or rabbis
    It mentioned a school in Nashville called American Baptist Theological Seminary that was jointly supported by the white Southern Baptists and black National Baptists.
  26. restless
    lacking physical or mental ease
    I started to feel guilty for not doing more. I became restless.
  27. suit
    proceeding in a court of law whereby one seeks legal remedy
    They said they didn't want anything to do with filing a suit against the state of Alabama.
  28. dominate
    be in control
    Looking back, it must've been the Spirit of History taking hold of my life --because in Nashville I'd meet people who opened my eyes to a sense of values that would forever dominate my moral philosophy --

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