This graphic vel version of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement is an exciting dialogue between two very different storytelling traditions. Arthur Flowers - African American writer and griot - tells the story in lyrical prose, while the text is illustrated by Manu Chitrakar, traditional Patua scroll artist from Bengal, India. The artist allows the tale to resonate in his own context, translating it into the vivid and colourful idiom of Patua art. In the process, King's struggle transcends its context, and becomes truly universal. This revised edition includes new art and an essay explaining how this extraordinary cross - cultural project evolved.
Arthur Flowers Arthur Flowers teaches in the English Department of Syracuse University, USA. A native of Memphis and co-founder of The New Renaissance Guild, he is a performance poet who considers himself heir to the western written tradition as well as the African oral one. Manu Chitrakar Manu Chitrakar lives and works in Naya village in West Bengal, India. A Patua scroll artist who sings and paints, he is part of a living art and performance tradition that is as open to contemporary news stories and politics as it is to ancient legend and myth.