Lot 271: Exceptional program for the Tenth Anniversary Banquet of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, held in Atlanta on August 14, 1967, two pages, 4.75 x 7, signed on the front cover in black ballpoint, "Best Wishes, Martin Luther King." In fine condition, with interior pages and back cover affixed together with double-sided tape. Accompanied by an unsigned program for the conference, the theme of which was 'Where Do We Go From Here.'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 SCLC convention in August, King spoke on the direction of the Civil Rights Movement in his famous address 'Where Do We Go From Here?,' in which he astutely commented on the 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 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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