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The Silence of Our Friends

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The Silence of Our Friends

written by Mark Long and Nate Powell, illustrated by Jim Demonakos

As the civil rights struggle heats up in Texas, two families --- one white, one black --- find common ground.

This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS follows events through the point of view of young Mark Long, whose father is a reporter covering the story. Semi-fictionalized, this story has its roots solidly in very real events. With art from the brilliant Nate Powell (SWALLOW ME WHOLE) bringing the tale to heart-wrenching life, THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS is a new and important entry in the body of civil rights literature.

The Silence of Our Friends
written by Mark Long and Nate Powell, illustrated by Jim Demonakos

  • Publication Date: January 2, 2018
  • Genres: Graphic Novel
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: First Second
  • ISBN-10: 1250164982
  • ISBN-13: 9781250164988