Lot 173: TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, The Muslim Mosque, Inc. letterhead, May 25, 1964. Letter to Robert Franke, in part: "Thank you very much for your letter of May 15, 1964. Your request for literature on the Muslim Mosque, Inc. will be filled as soon as the material which is now in preparation, is available." In fine condition, with expected mailing fold passing through the bottom tips of the signature, trivial skipping to signature, and light show-through from PSA/DNA and Global authentication labels affixed to reverse.Four days after announcing his departure from the Nation of Islam on March 8, Malcolm X established Muslim Mosque, Inc., an Islamic organization designed to support the African-American community and propagate the social, economic, and political philosophies of Black Nationalism. Although his new foundation was headquartered at Harlem's 113th street mosque, Malcolm X would spend much of his remaining life traveling abroad. After completing his pilgrimage to Mecca in April 1964 and spending significant time in Africa, where he met with nearly all of the continent's prominent leaders, his philosophy on the white presence in Muslim culture began to evolve, causing confusion with many of his followers in the states. Signed during this critical period of enlightenment and transformation—just nine months before his assassination—this is an exceedingly rare letter from one of history's most divisive and important civil rights leaders.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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