And did this comic book inspire the Egyptian protests leading to a peaceful leadership change?

A 1950s-era comic book, “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story,” about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was produced in 1957 or 1958 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation in English and later in Spanish, shortly after the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which sparked the modern-day civil rights movement. It explored King’s strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience.

Dalia Ziada, the Egyptian director for the Washington-based American Islamic Congress, said that several years ago, the group translated a copy into Arabic and Farsi, Iran’s predominant language. When members tried to print it, a security officer blocked publication, but later consented and asked for copies.

She distributed the reprinted copies in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on behalf of her organization.

Nasser Weddady, the organization’s civil rights outreach director, said “The comic book makes clear the value of nonviolence, both morally and as a strategy”.

Martin Luther King lll commented: “I don’t know if we can specifically measure the impact, but we certainly know it was significant. This is the first time we’ve seen a major nonviolent revolution within the Islamic nations and it’s quite amazing. Clearly the teachings of my dad and Gandhi were quite meaningful.” 

We thank the reader who sent the article, MLK comic book lands in Egypt’s Tahrir Square By Shelia M. Poole, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at: http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/mlk-comic-book-lands-839857.html

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