Lot 225: Carbon copy TLS, hand-signed in blue ballpoint, "Martin," one page, 8.5 x 11, April 23, 1965. Letter from King to Esther Harris, sent to Marian Bruce Logan. In part: "My friend and SCLC Board Member, Marian Logan, told me of your organization's plan to make a contribution to SCLC…Your contribution to the struggle for human rights is needed and deeply appreciated. It will help sustain staff that we have all over the state of Alabama working in voter registration and political education. It is through cooperation or organizations like the 'Smart Set' that we have even been able to continue in the Deep South. I think that the theme of the 'Smart Set Convention' bespeaks the desires of persons of goodwill all over the nation. 'Filling The Crack In The Liberty Bell' is quite significant in this age of social change. Certainly, we all realize there are cracks and gaps to be filled in our whole system of justice and liberty." In fine condition. From the collection of Warren Arthur 'Chip' Logan.
The National Smart Set was an organization of upper class African-American women that supported causes relevant to their place—socially, politically, and otherwise—in America. This letter dates to one month after King helped to organize the marches from Selma to Montgomery to demand equality in voting rights. In the summer of 1965, the SCLC joined with other organizations to conduct massive voter registration drives throughout the south. Due in part to these efforts, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law in August. Excellent content from the height of the Civil Rights Movement.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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