Category Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story

Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story is the beginning of civil unrest in America. At least from the media standpoint. It is also the story of how a Baptist preacher became a household name in America.

Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story

Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story

When Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks refused to surrender their seats on a Montgomery, AL, public bus a movement began. From the simple action of two women a platform was built to challenge the Jim Crow laws of the time. For 385 days a boycott against the public bus system was staged. As a result, segregation was repelled by the United States District Court on the city’s public buses.

The comic book retells the tale of a stand taken by remaining seated over half a century ago.

King was instrumental in registering the plight of African-Americans long before the designation came to fashion. An advocate of non-violence, King and his followers suffered the backlash of an America not ready to change.

For his efforts, King was murdered April 4, 1968, in Memphis, TN, while attempting to better conditions for black sanitary public work employees. King was almost prophetic in his “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” sermon given the night before he was assassinated in which he proclaimed, “I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

A full copy of the comic book can be read online at:  http://www.ep.tc/mlk/index.html

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The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Golden Legacy Illustrated History Series issue 13 provided a pictorial biography entitled The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The man who dreamed of peace and equality was silenced with violence April 4, 1968, depriving generations of a voice resonating in reason. His accomplishments live on with a day, one of only four persons given a federal holiday, commemorated to honor his memory.

Golden Legacy has made the Illustrated Martin Luther King Jr. issue available to read online – via their website – in its entirety.

The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Green Lantern (1960) 76

Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams began their much acclaimed collaboration with the Green Lantern/Green Arrow Hard Traveling Heroes saga with issue 76.

When Lantern sides with the law Arrow derides his fellow hero for not considering justice in the equation. Arrow launches into a searing soliloquy causing Lantern to question his actions.

Green Lantern (1960) 76

As Arrow stands on his soapbox, he honors the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., by reminding all listening, “On the streets of Memphis a good black man died…” referring to the Noble Peace Prize awardee for his efforts in Civil Rights. The image of King and Robert Kennedy are engraved in the background of the panel during the statement.

Green Lantern (1960) 76 interior

The comic book began an 11-issue run over the next year in which Lantern, Hal Jorden and Arrow, Oliver Queen cross America confronting the issues of the day.

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