Posted by: Dominic Umile | 03/19/2012

Published Elsewhere: 1960s Houston and ‘The Silence of Our Friends’

Silence of Our FriendsPopMatters published a piece from me today about racial tensions in 1960s-era Houston and how the time period figures into a new graphic novel called The Silence of Our Friends. Sit-ins and marches in Houston, Texas back then meant enormous physical risks for volunteer activist groups like the Freedom Riders and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee that were challenging the status quo. When tensions rooted in a heavily segregated community eventually exploded at Texas Southern University in 1967, the SNCC found themselves at the center of the pot. Creators Mark Long, Nate Powell, and Jim Demonakos explore this era in The Silence of Our Friends. Click to read my PopMatters feature.

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