"March: Book One" by John Lewis, pages 76-121

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. reconciliation
    the reestablishment of cordial relations
    He also represented an organization called the Fellowship of Reconciliation, better known as F.O.R., a pacifist group committed to the philosophy and discipline of non-violence.
  2. pacifist
    someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
    He also represented an organization called the Fellowship of Reconciliation, better known as F.O.R., a pacifist group committed to the philosophy and discipline of non-violence.
  3. passive
    peacefully resistant in response to injustice
    F.O.R. had also published a popular comic book called Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, which explained the basics of passive resistance and non-violent action as tools for desegregation.
  4. resistance
    group action in opposition to those in power
    Jim talked about the Montgomery bus boycott, about war resistance, about nonviolence.
  5. eradicate
    destroy completely, as if down to the roots
    And how we could apply nonviolence, just as Dr. King did in Montgomery, all across America -- south and north -- to eradicate some of the evils we all faced.
  6. discipline
    a system of rules of conduct or method of practice
    Jim Lawson conveyed the urgency of developing our philosophy, our discipline, our understanding.
  7. liberate
    grant freedom to
    His words liberated me. I thought, this is it... This is the way out.
  8. dehumanize
    deprive of the positive qualities of a person
    We each tried to do everything we could to test ourselves, to break each others' spirits. We tried to dehumanize each other.
  9. legitimate
    in accordance with accepted standards or principles
    We each purchased something, establishing us as legitimate paying customers, and then sat down at the lunch counter for a bite to eat.
  10. campaign
    related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal
    When news of this student-led campaign spread, words of encouragement and support flowed in from around the country.
  11. eerie
    inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening
    We sat in that eerie quiet for several hours.
  12. moratorium
    suspension of an ongoing activity
    The store owners are asking for a moratorium on the sit-ins.
  13. fury
    state of violent mental agitation
    Fury spends itself pretty quickly when there's no fury facing it.
  14. subside
    wear off or die down
    The beating subsided.
  15. conspicuous
    without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
    The police, conspicuously absent while were beaten, arrived quickly after the mob wore themselves out.
  16. jubilant
    joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
    We were jubilant as we filled the jail cells.
  17. discrimination
    unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice
    We weren't about to cooperate in any way with the system allowing the very discrimination we were protesting.
  18. euphoric
    characterized by a feeling of well-being or elation
    Dr. Wright was the first black college president in the country to take such a stand. We were euphoric.
  19. defendant
    someone against whom an action is brought in a court of law
    First off, y'all should know we're gonna be trying the defendants in groups of half a dozen or so.
  20. compliant
    disposed to act in accordance with someone's wishes
    They were peaceful customers, fully compliant with the law, who were harassed and beaten.
  21. immoral
    not adhering to ethical principles
    We feel that by paying these fines, we would be contributing to, and supporting, the injustices and immoral practices that have been performed in the arrest and conviction of the defendants.
  22. conviction
    a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case
    We feel that by paying these fines, we would be contributing to, and supporting, the injustices and immoral practices that have been performed in the arrest and conviction of the defendants.
  23. progressive
    favoring or promoting progress
    Much like Nashville itself, Mayor Ben West had a relatively progressive reputation on race.
  24. irate
    feeling or showing extreme anger
    There were no arrests that day, but after Tennessee Governor Buford Ellington saw footage of the day's protest on the national news, he was irate.
  25. instigate
    provoke or stir up
    These sit-ins are instigated by, and staged for the convenience of, the Columbia Broadcast System.
  26. segregation
    a social system with separate facilities for minority groups
    Thurgood Marshall was a good man, but listening to him speak convinced me, more than ever, that our revolt was as much against the traditional black leadership structure as it was against segregation and discrimination.
  27. implement
    apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design
    We must tap into our greatest resource, a people no longer the victims of racial evil, who can act in a disciplined manner to implement the constitution.
  28. dramatize
    represent something in a theatrical manner
    If we're to make ourselves heard, we must dramatize the situation, and we have to stand together.
  29. prejudice
    a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue
    I will do EVERYTHING I can to enforce the laws without prejudice -- but I have NO power to force restaurant owners to serve people they don't want to.
  30. prestige
    a high standing achieved through success or influence
    Will you use the prestige of your office to appeal to the citizens to stop racial discrimination?
  31. bigotry
    the intolerance and prejudice of a bigot
    I appeal to all citizens to end discrimination. To have no bigotry, no bias, no hatred.
  32. inspiration
    the act of arousing to a particular emotion or action
    I came to Nashville not to bring inspiration, but to gain inspiration from the great movement that has taken place in this community.

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