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The third and final volume in Ho Che Anderson's award-winning comics biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King.Praised for its vivid recreation of this tumultuous period in US history and for its accuracy in depicting King's personal and public lives, this volume picks up where 2002's second volume left off: LBJ signs the Civil Rights bill into law and Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference begin their northern campaign by moving into the Chicago neighborhood of North Lawndale, ...
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The third and final volume in Ho Che Anderson's award-winning comics biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King.Praised for its vivid recreation of this tumultuous period in US history and for its accuracy in depicting King's personal and public lives, this volume picks up where 2002's second volume left off: LBJ signs the Civil Rights bill into law and Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference begin their northern campaign by moving into the Chicago neighborhood of North Lawndale, Illinois. After a largely unsuccessful effort to reduce racial tensions and organize Black resistance into a democratic political force, King is persuaded to go to Memphis to lead a march in support of the city's sanitation workers. The march turns violent, but in order to maintain his credibility, King decides to go back and try to lead a second, peaceful march. His return trip to Memphis will be the last trip King makes. Anderson's writing and art illuminates King's deeply felt, personal commitment to a public cause as well as the wider political eruptions the country was experiencing through a rare and skillful combination of realistic and expressionistic imagery and naturalistic dialogue. This is a respectful, unsparing, truthful biography of a man and his times that captures the moral and political gravitas of the cause as well as its human dimension. Anderson's successful use of comics to tell a major work of history has drawn favorable comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus: A Survivor's Tale and Joe Sacco's Palestine. 68 pages b/w and 8 pages color.

Author Biography: Ho Che Anderson lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Comics artist Anderson has produced a grand, interpretive biography of Martin Luther King Jr. that seeks to probe the man, his accomplishments and America's racial dilemma. Powerfully cinematic, the work opens with a series of anonymous characters, the attestors, speaking of their personal attraction to, or disdain for, King. Then a short sequence focuses on four urban black communities, presenting a contemporary sampling of racial conflict and violence, before introducing King's childhood in Atlanta, Ga., in 1934. From there he plunges into King's life with a passion: graduate studies in liberal Boston; meeting Coretta; his collaboration with Ralph Abernathy; Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott; and the ever present physical danger. This first of a projected three-volume series ends with King's stabbing at a boycott in 1960. Anderson has produced a vividly complex portrait of a legendary American figure, detailing King's flaws--his woman-chasing and domineering personality--as well as his courage and moral vision. The stark black-and-white illustrations erupt from the page, perfectly capturing the visual force of a violent and heroic period in American history. (Dec.)
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Adult/High School-The conclusion to what the cartoonist evocatively calls a "doorway" through which readers can see "one man's riff on the life of another" opens with the nation's storied response to President Kennedy's 1963 assassination. As Anderson unpacks the next five years' complex political theories and maneuverings with concision and accuracy, his images roil to include stark black-ink-shadowed figures, blurred pastels, colored speech balloons, and even photos. King moves from the South to Chicago, where he explores the reasons for and outcomes of the burgeoning illegal drug trade, worries about the escalation of American involvement in Vietnam, and continues to depend on his wife's support even when he also looks elsewhere for pleasure. Eventually, of course, he returns south, to Memphis and his own assassination. This bloody red page does not close out Anderson's decade of work, however; a roughly drawn coda appears, a scene depicting more contemporary racial profiling, followed by a narrative afterword and a list of the black activists whose writings provided Anderson with the details he was able to spin into this handsome and original biography. Although libraries lacking the first two volumes should add them now, this one can stand alone on its narrative strength and aesthetic splendor.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560975496
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: King Series , #3
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.23 (d)

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