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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. by Michael Teitelbaum


Let Freedom Ring

From the Graphic Novel Heroes series

by Michael Teitelbaum ; Lewis Helfand ; illustrated by Naresh Kumar

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-93-80028-69-9
Publisher: Campfire

An inspirational biography in graphic format—highlighting both King’s passion for his cause and his devotion to Gandhi’s nonviolent methods.

The authors craft original dialogue that reads like policy statements and have Dr. King even as a child spouting lines like “We are being treated as inferior people solely because of the color of our skin. How unfair.” Nevertheless, they deliver a clear, cogent account of their subject’s upbringing, the vicious racial (and, later, social and economic) issues that sparked his involvement in the civil rights movement and the ensuing course of his short but enduringly influential career. Not all of the dialogue balloons and narrative boxes are properly placed, but Kumar draws facial features accurately. With a mix of overlaid and separated panels, he creates a strong sense of drama whether he’s depicting Dr. King firing up a crowd or Rosa Parks’ quiet composure. Numerous passages (not always accurately quoted: “the arm [sic] of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”) from Dr. King’s speeches and writings add oratorical authority to the account, and a folding timeline at the end provides a broad historical overview of African-American history up to Barack Obama’s first presidential election.

Despite occasional stumbles, a worthwhile reminder for readers who will recognize his name but may be a little hazy on what he stood for.

(Graphic biography. 11-13)