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King’s legacy lives in strange places

Posted by Richard on January 16, 2006

In the last few days, a bazillion people have remembered Martin Luther King, Jr., in almost as many different ways. Some recall his opposition to the Vietnam War and use this to bash Bush and the "warmongering Republicans." Others remember the "content of their character" and proclaim that King would be a neocon today or compare today’s black leaders unfavorably to him. Some simply provide a fair, honest, and uplifting picture of the King legacy. And what great person or event can avoid being honored (?) by a Scrappleface story?

Thanks to Gateway Pundit, though, for drawing attention to something truly noteworthy that’s being done with the legacy of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks (emphasis added):

Moroccan blog "Or Does It Explode" has a wonderful tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posted up this weekend.

Or Does It Explode posted pages from a historic Civil Rights comic book, The Montgomery Story, printed in 1956. This comic helped shape the Civil Rights movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s. ODIE explains the background to this historic "kid’s" book. It is a fascinating story.

What makes this exciting is that Or Does It Explode, Big Pharoah, Iraq the Model, Egyptian Sandmonkey, Crossroads Arabia, Amarji- A Heretics Blog, Freedom for Egyptians, Hammorabi, Regime Change Iran, Syria Comment PLUS, etc. (forgive me if I missed you!) are a few of the several brave voices who are using some of these same tools today, promoted in the comic book from 1956, to help shape the future of tomorrow’s Middle East.

Go read the entire Montgomery Story comic book, which tells the story of the bus boycott triggered by the arrest of Rosa Parks. Then think about how unbelievably cool it is that this comic book is "Awakening a Civil Rights Movement in the Middle East"!

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One Response to “King’s legacy lives in strange places”

  1. VRB said

    I believe that Martin Luther King had studied the leadership skills relating to passive resistance at the Highlander Center in Tennessee. At that time the center was considered a communist front and that civil rights leaders were communist dupes.

    I had often thought that following the path of passive resistance would work in the Middle East. But is there enough time? Both King and Gandhi were assassinated. When King was killed, it created rage and uncertainty that is still affecting us as black people.

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