Lot 233: TLS signed "Martin," one page, 8.5 x 11, Southern Christian Leadership Conference letterhead, August 7, 1967. Letter to Marian Bruce Logan. In part: "Our Board Meeting is approaching and we contemplate a very challenging and urgent session. Your in depth thinking is certainly needed on the total agenda especially the crisis that we face in our cities. In view of the riots and the overall crisis that our nation faces, SCLC is going to have to assert itself even more and accelerate present programs to new dimensions. In order to implement this, your moral and financial support is greatly needed…Of the 1500 delegates that we expect, at least 500 will be coming to the Convention from Black Belt areas of the deep South and we are having to assume the expense of the majority of them. We feel, however, that it is necessary to encourage them to participate in the Convention in order to provide them with the information and inspiration they need to return to their deprived communities and carry on the fight for human dignity." Bruce added several pencil and ballpoint notations to the margins. In fine condition, with mild creases and a few trivial stains. From the collection of Warren Arthur 'Chip' Logan.
Violent race riots erupted all over the nation in the summer of 1967, the worst of which came in Newark and Detroit in mid-July. These two riots left nearly seventy dead and well over one thousand people injured. At the convention in August, King addressed the direction of the Civil Rights Movement in his famous address 'Where Do We Go From Here?,' in which he astutely commented on the riots and situation in America: 'We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. This may well be mankind's last chance to choose between chaos or community.'
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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