Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk Myself to Death: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Yes, this is somewhat late for an MLK post, but not every company recognizes today as a holiday. Oh, well. That hasn't stopped me from supporting everything that Dr. King stood for.

This holiday's comic was likely published in 1957, not too long after the events it depicts, and it probably was quite significant in spreading these facts and extending Dr. King's influence. I'm being vague because these were distributed throughout the South during a time when their possession could be dangerous and get one in big trouble with the wrong people. Therefore, they were often destroyed after they were read, and it's not at all clear just what their specific effects were. Fortunately, nowadays, we can read the whole thing at this site. Take a look. It's a fascinating reminder of how things were in this country a mere fifty years ago.

2 Comments:

At 3:00 PM, January 21, 2010, OpenID charlesofcamden said...

Wow- I clicked the link and read the whole comic book. An amazing historical document that ought to be far more well known.

 
At 12:39 AM, February 23, 2010, Blogger Don said...

Hey Doug,

I got a ride from James Letherer, the one legged white guy who marched from Selma to Montgomery with MLK. I was hitch-hiking to Chicago and he was there to gauge the aura of the city for a soon to be peaceful demonstration... it was the first time in my life that I experienced prejudice. And that was from the police.

 

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