It advocates the principles of nonviolence and provides a primer on nonviolent resistance. Although ignored by the mainstream comics industry, The Montgomery Story , written by Alfred Hassler and Benton Resnik and illustrated by Sy Barry , was widely distributed among civil rights groups, churches, and schools. Over 50 years after its initial publication, the comic inspired the best-selling, award-winning March trilogy by Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Glenn E.
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Both men carried copies of a cent comic book that had long been circulating among young civil rights activists. The comic book that helped spark a generation of young civil rights protestors did not feature superheroes, but a year-old seamstress and a year-old Baptist pastor. Printed in , Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story recounts the month Montgomery Bus Boycott , which began after police arrested civil rights activist Rosa Parks for refusing to yield her bus seat to a white man. The idea for the comic book came from Alfred Hassler, publications director for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith social justice organization that promotes nonviolent activism. In , a U. Even Hassler himself forbade his children from reading them.
A year of free comics: Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story
Click to access Comic-Book This slim comic from , Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story , is credited with inspiring many to take on non violent protest as a means to achieving civil rights for all with its story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Most famously, a young John Lewis read it and recalling the power it had, inspired him to adapt his life story into the March Trilogy. The initial print run was , copies, which gives you an idea of the power of the comics medium of the time. Andrew Aydin, co-author of March, wrote his masters thesis about the history of this comic, and that thesis was adapted for this article at Creative Loafing.
This is "Just a Reminder," when I look back at comic book history whenever I think there's something worthwhile to look back at on in connection with things going on today. One of the frustrating things about the Black Lives Matter protests is that there seems to be a recurring theme of "That's not how you're supposed to protest. That was considered to be outrageous, but when more protests took place over this summer in reaction to George Floyd being killed, then it was "Why doesn't everyone just peacefully protest?