It is hard to summarize a life like Clyde Kennard’s and the reasons why his struggle against segregation slipped into the shadows. But I tried to do it some justice with this comics version. Hopefully it is accessible to middle and high school students, one of the envisioned audiences, and to those who prefer visual storytelling. I’m sure there is still much to be unearthed in his story and the motivations that led him to fight so hard to desegregate a university in Mississippi. Drawing the life story of a man for whom only a handful of photos existed online was quite a challenge, especially since most showed a skeletal man after his release from prison. In any case, this was a heart-rending project to work on, and ultimately a reminder of how far we have left to go in desegregating our educational system and our society at large.
Oct. 1, 2017: The Civil Rights Movement hero you’ve never heard of, The Hechinger Report and The Clarion-Ledger.
Read the full comic here.