Unit 4 March Post — Louis Onoratini

Throughout most of the book, the pages and panels in general have very dark undertones. The background is usually dark or darkened by some elongated speech bubbles. However, on these two pages we see light, we see space, we see hope. This march on Washington represents the height of the civil rights movement. After this demonstration, everything picked up speed and civil rights came to the forefront of the American psyche. So, having these pages so void of words but full of imagery and action makes it all the more powerful. Furthermore, I was not aware that John Lewis, Martin Luther King and other leaders did not end up leading the march that day. It makes these panels even more crucial to the whole event, as America really left without them. As John Lewis said, “There goes America.” This shows that he and his colleagues gave Americans the nudge they needed in order to fight for civil rights.  These panels heightened the already legendary march on Washington. 

As previously mentioned, most of the book depicts the darkest times in modern American history. Most times everything is bunched together in one panel, making them dense and almost impossible to understand. On the other hand, when we get to these panels, we are able to breathe. We start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. No longer does violence surround us but rather benevolence starts to encircle us. The huge crowd of people marching together with one common goal, uninterrupted by racism or violence, sends a powerful image of what America hopes to be and should be. I chose these panels because they show the power of nonviolent protests. If members of the movement had decided to fight back at any point, this march and change would never have been possible. Even though other more powerful panels are present throughout the book, this one resonated with me the most because it showed the beauty of unity. The beauty that can only be found in humanity. 

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