Lot 186: TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Southern Christian Leadership Conference letterhead, September 1, 1964. Letter to Viola Hilpert in West Berlin. In full: "I am in receipt of your letter informing me that it will be all right to speak at the Berlin Waldbuhne on the afternoon of September 13th. I also received your request concerning recording my address for the German Television. You have my permission to proceed with this recording." In fine condition. On September 13, 1964, King gave an address before 20,000 West Berliners attending an outdoor rally at the Waldbuhne amphitheater, offering a moving message of peace, hope, and unity. He then crossed the border into East Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie and delivered a similar speech to an audience of 2,000 at St. Mary's Church. A superb letter arranging this historic speech, which crossed the lines of color and ideology to promote King's vision of international brotherhood.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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