Peter Durand

Graphic Novel of MLK used in Egyptian Protests

In Journal on February 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

A comic book originally used in the US that was translated into Arabic and later was distributed in Tahrir Square.

We also translated a forgotten 1958 comic book about Martin Luther King's Montgomery Bus Boycott into Arabic

. When, at first, we went to print the comic book, a security officer blocked publication. So we called him and demanded a meeting. He agreed, and we read through the comic book over coffee to address his concerns. At the end, he granted permission to print and then asked: "Could I have a few extra copies for my kids?"  The comic book has been credited with inspiring young activists

 in Egypt and the larger region (we have a Farsi version as well). Last week I distributed copies in Tahrir Square. Seeing the scene in the square firsthand is amazing. Despite violent attacks and tanks in the street, young people from all walks of life are coming together, organizing food and medical care, and offering a living model of free civil society in action.

~ from a recent eNewsletter from Dalia Ziada, AIC Egypt Office Director, American Islamic Congress

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