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August 1st, 2013
thesmithian

The comic tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which successfully helped integrate that city’s public transportation. To say that the idea to produce a comic book about civil rights in 1957 was a radical idea would be to understate the overwhelmingly negative attitudes toward comic books at the time. Just three years prior, near the height of McCarthyism, growing anti-comic book sentiment came to a head when the U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency conducted an investigation and held hearings about the negative effects of comic books on America’s youth. So how did a comic book like ‘Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story’ come to be made? And in what ways did this comic book play an influential role in the Civil Rights Movement?

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