"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
First Second. ISBN: 9781596436183. Jan 2012.
Last night, I finally had the chance to read Mark Long's The Silence of Our Friends. I ordered it for our collection because it received good reviews and I am a fan of Nate Powell. This graphic novel is engaging, intense and worth adding to your collection. Mark Long takes us through his recollections of growing up in a Texas town where the KKK put fliers for rallies on your door and down the street the civil rights movement was intensifying and his father befriends a black professor. Their families become friends even though it put them all in danger.
There is strong language in this graphic novel, that, if taken completely out of context, certain people would find questionable. However, I think, it is an important addition to any collection. There are lots of things to talk about if you are teaching this to a class.