They have a dream too.
February 16, 2011 8:02 AM Subscribe
posted by cereselle (5 comments total)
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In 2009, the question was asked: Can a comic book change the Middle East?Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story
(previously on Metafilter
) was published in the US in 1957. It outlined the principles of nonviolent resistance,
and was used as a guide for the students who launched the sit-in movement. In 2008, Dalia Ziada, Egypt Director of the American Islamic Congress, had the comic translated into Arabic and Farsi,
and distributed copies across the Middle East. Now she credits it for helping inspire Egyptian activism.
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?"