first comic book dramatizing his historic efforts.
From the website's intro to the comic...
Most sane thinkers consider MLK to be an important and historic larger-than-life icon, but how did that happen?
given the marginalized press coverage of blacks in the 50s, how was his
message galvanized among southern minorities and then spread as a
single statement beyond the black community -- and how was it focused so
specifically to such seemingly ignorable or boring local incidents as
one black woman's refusal to give up a bus seat and a following
small-town bus boycott, as well as the concept of Passive Resistance?
Without any need for hyperbole, this comic book is one of the reasons.
Produced by the Fellowship of the Reconciliation and sent
very surreptitiously throughout the South (it was dangerous for many to
own a copy), then translated, re-drawn, and distributed once again
throughout the entire SOUTHERN CONTINENT through Mexico, into Central
and then South America, this comic tells the story that established the
myth of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks at the time that it mattered,
mere months after news events occurred.
Intended for adults, but shown in comic book format for the largest possible distribution and audience and instruction.
that does not mean people found distributing copies of this comic were
not given their fair share of beatings and harassment, nor does it mean
thousands of copies were not often destroyed.
Why? This comic is and was dangerously honest.
Featuring the Klan (lynching, bombs, burning crosses), Jim Crow laws, and the entire concept of Nonviolent Protest.
pamphlet offered advice and instructions on how to use passive
resistance and massive non-violent resistance against segregation, just
as these ideas were fresh --and it also established a clear connection
of MLK to Gandhi, a public connection that continues on to today.
A copy of this comic
is held in the Smithsonian and many Civil Rights leaders recognize this
as one of the most important AND PERSUASIVE items of the 50s in
establishing or explaining their cause to the world, as well as giving
many black youths the courage and direction to hold their own political
Many notable sit-ins and demonstrations link to
this comic book getting into the right hands - and it did get around,
literally devoured by black college students at the time.
After extensive effort and search, we were able to find a copy in Uruguay.
joking. Completely redrawn and translated, click back and forth to
compare art, some of the differences between the two are great.
Ever wonder how much influence and power a small press or self-produced item can have?
This is one of the best examples you'll ever see.