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Martin Luther King signed programme

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  • A rare and historic programme signed by the Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Georgia-born preacher Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968) was the de facto leader of the American Civil Rights Movement.


He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, the Birmingham Campaign (1963) and the March on Washington (1963). It was in the nation’s capital he gave his iconic I Have a Dream speech.


King was shot dead by a white supremacist in 1968. He continued to be a defining influence on the movement.


A rare and early programme from the 40th Anniversary of the Utility Club, Inc., honouring Martin Luther King, Jr., as their Man of the Year, held in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York on June 15, 1957.


The Utility Club was a black woman’s organization created to help African American communities in New York City.


Their decision to honour Dr. King for his ongoing activism in the civil rights movement came as little surprise, as he had already established himself a leader in the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott


Program measures 8.5" by 10.5", signed on the first inside page in blue ballpoint, M. L. King, Jr., and also signed (with some ink skipping) by founder and long-time president of the Piney Woods Country Life School, Laurence C. Jones.


Accompanied by a seating list booklet and a note regarding gratuity, as well as a letter of authenticity from James Spence.


Some mild toning to covers, light diagonal bend to top right corners of pages, and mild handling wear, otherwise fine condition.


Provenance: ex Stanley Gibbons


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