Lot 197: Collection of sixteen letters praising the work of civil rights activist and NAACP executive officer Walter White, most one page, circa 1943, each signed by a notable figure, primarily politicians and journalists, including: H. L. Mencken (TLS), Wendell Willkie (TLS), politician Robert F. Wagner (ALS), Max Lerner (ALS), Rex Stout (ALS), Edward Bernays (TLS), Howard Dietz (ALS), Dorothy Canfield Fisher (ALS), James A. Farley (ALS), Robert M. La Follette, Jr. (TLS), Henry Luce (TLS), Dorothy Thompson (TLS), Fannie Hurst (ALS), and three others. Mencken's letter, in part: "Of all the men devoted to succoring the unsuccorable and salvaging the lost-with-all-hands in practice in this incomparable Republic, he is the only one known to me-and I have known whole army corps of them, ranging from archbishops on down-who has maintained at all times a healthy sense of humor." Lerner's letter, in part: "I salute you, a veteran in the wars for the human heart in which you have fought a long battle of a quarter-century. Your America and my America are the same...And I am proud to feel myself a soldier fighting alongside of you." In overall fine condition. White joined the NAACP in 1918 at the invitation of James Weldon Johnson, under whom he served as assistant national secretary. Upon Johnson's retirement in 1931, White took over as executive secretary, leading the organization for over twenty years and finally retiring in 1955. A wonderful collection of letters to a steadfast and diligent soldier in the fight for equal rights.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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