During the protests this spring in Egypt, a civil-rights-era comic book weaving the tale of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent resistance movement found a fresh audience with the young protesters who packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
The comic book, which promotes peaceful civil disobedience, is called “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story” and was translated into Arabic and Farsi by the non-religious American Islamic Congress. It published 2,500 copies, and young people in the Arab world started using them to teach peaceful forms of protest that King championed, such as sit-ins and boycotts.
In Japan, King’s birthday is celebrated in Hiroshima and honored with a special banquet. His message of peace resonates in the city, which was the first to be destroyed by a nuclear weapon.
Around the globe, King’s message is still used by liberation leaders. There’s a forest in his honor in Israel, a school named after him in Yaounde, Cameroon, and an MLK bridge in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.