Unit 4 Post on March Book Two-River Meng

                                                Page 147, March Book Two.

This page of pictorial depiction accurately depicts the meeting that President Kennedy and his cabinet had with the leaders of the civil rights movement to discuss the March in Washington. The artists of the graphic novel decide to add in plenty of dark color by drawing shades on characters’ faces. The frequent utilization of dark color in most of the panels on this page, along with the dark background on the page before which introduced A. Phillip Randolph, suggests the intensity of the meeting. The very first panel, which occupies almost half the space on the page, depicts an overall settings of the meeting. It shows a dozen or so men sitting around a table, all dressed in jacket and tie. President Kennedy is shown sitting amongst his staffs and advisors on the right side of the able. On the left side of the table, across from President Kennedy, sit the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. This specific sitting arrangement in panel one suggests the division of members of the meeting and the subtle attitude President Kennedy had towards the Civil Rights Movement. Moreover, the facial expression of the characters indicates the meeting was not going smoothly. This meeting was essentially a negotiation between the United States government and the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. However, looking at the face of every one of the character, one can easily tell that nobody in that room is satisfied with the current situation and yet no one is willing to compromise. The second panel is a solo portrait of President Kennedy. With his eyebrows clenched together and mouth wide open, most likely yelling, this panel depicts President Kennedy as a intimidating negotiator who was using the passing of the Civil Rights Bill as a leverage to threaten the black leaders to give up the march.

Besides visual element, the arrangement of the text on page 147 also help to illustrate the intensity in the meeting room. The artists bold several words throughout the page to emphasize the tone of the speaker. For example, in panel one, Randolph says to President Kennedy that “THE BLACK MASSES ARE RESTLESS, MR. PRESIDENT. WE ARE GOING TO MARCH ON WASHINGTON.” Here, by bolding the words “restless” and “going”, the artists are able to emphasize the extreme anger shared by African Americans and their determination to march on Washington to demonstrate their aim. 

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