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[Civil Rights] (King, Martin Luther Jr.) March for Freedom Now! Chicago, 1960. Double-ply placard (28 ½ x 22”) depicting black shoeprints, with bold white lettering. Faint soiling and scuffing, minor corner wear, otherwise fine. Union printer’s label to lower central margin. On July 25, 1960, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., A. Phillip Randolph, and Ray Wilkins led a march in Chicago on the Republication National Convention, held at the International Amphitheatre, to present civil rights demands to the presidential candidate, Richard Nixon, and the greater Republican Party. The Chicago Daily-Tribune reported on the more than 5,000 demonstrators who assembled at Tabernacle Baptist Church and marched several miles to the venue, chanting “Jim Crow must go.” At the venue, the leaders were eventually met outside by Sen. Kenneth B. Keating of New York, who, according to Randolph, “expressed personal support…but he was unable to assure there would be a liberal plank.” A similar march was held at the Democratic nominating convention the same year, and King met privately with candidate John F. Kennedy in June. Printed material from the march is rare. The Chicago Public Library’s holdings include a leaflet incorporating a similar shoeprint design as the one used on this poster, but no copies were found institutionally or at auction.
March for Freedom Now!
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Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,840.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Saturday, July 28, 2018.
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