The history books you had in school last year almost put you to sleep.

It was filled with dates and stats, dead people, lost battles, and towns that aren’t even around anymore. Who really cares about that stuff, anyway?

You should, so you can learn about that which has made your life easier. And in the new book “Strange Fruit” by Joel Christian Gill, you’ll learn about people that history books have mostly forgotten.

Shortly after grad school, Joel Christian Gill did a series of paintings that he says “freed” him from the racism that his father and grandfather endured. But something was missing from his paintings: he was “coming up short” in storytelling.

That’s when he started doing comics, telling stories of “obscure Black history.”

Take, for instance, Richard Potter.

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