Analysis Of March By John Lewis

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John Lewis has never let his 40+ arrest affect what he stands for. In Lewis’ book March, he tells his story of segregation in the 60’s and the events that shaped his life. From when he was a little kid, to an older adult, March displays Lewis deal with the segregation in the south, and the hardships others endure. Although he experienced many events in his life, John Lewis used those events to build himself religiously and help others. Receiving his first bible, Jim Lawson’s workshops, his decision not to go to college and Martin Luther King’s speech all helped him become who he is. One of Lewis’ earliest turning points in his life was when his uncle gave him his first bible. Lewis recalls, “Growing up, what I really wanted to be was a…show more content…
So although Lewis didn’t get to attend Troy, he ended up meeting people in Nashville that influenced his life positively. Even though his bible was important to him, Jim Lawson workshops shaped his beliefs of nonviolence and love, being the ultimate turning point. The workshops taught others how to react when someone was harassing them, physically or verbally. Lewis especially learned a lot through these workshops and what Lawson was preaching. He claimed, “His words liberated me. I thought this is it. This is the way out” (Lewis 78). See Figure1. Taking up a whole page in March, this picture shows Lewis gazing into the distance with the quote above him, almost as if he’s had a revelation. Through that moment, Lewis learned that nonviolent protest was the answer. Lewis was so moved by these workshops, he wanted to tell everyone, “I told my classmates. I told two of my closest friends Bernard Lafayette and James Bevel. I told everyone they should come to this workshop” (Lewis 79). Lewis really believed these workshops were the answer, he wanted everyone to attend and learn the ways of civil disobedience. To Lewis, this was the only answer. Lastly, one of Lewis’ most important life events was when he heard Martin Luther King’s speech on the radio.
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