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Item 2096 - Martin Luther King, Jr Typed Letter Signed Catalog 447 (Feb 2015)

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TLS, one page, 7.75 x 10.25, Southern Christian Leadership Conference letterhead, July 31, 1964. Letter to David F. Seiferheld of New York. In full: “This letter comes to express my deep appreciation to you for your generous contribution of $100.00 to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Such moral and financial support are of inestimable value for the continuance of our humble efforts. Without your dollars for freedom, the Conference would be unable to work effectively towards its goal of the full integration of the Negro into all aspects of American life. Your contribution will help our work in communities all across the South. At present, SCLC has staff members in more than twenty communities seeking through nonviolent direct action and voter registration campaigns to break down the barriers of racial segregation and discrimination.

Without your moral support we would be caught in a dungeon of despair without knowing that many people all over the nation are supporting us in our struggle. By aiding us in this significant way, you are telling the world that the rights of Negroes cannot be trampled in any community without impairing the rights of every other American. Thank you again for making our financial problem a little less burdensome. We are enclosing an official receipt for your contribution.” Nicely double-matted and framed with an image and engraved plaque to an overall size of 32 x 23. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

The year 1964 was tremendously important in King's activism and the progress of civil rights in America. As leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King led successful marches and protests to invigorate public support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was being debated in Congress. Earlier in July, King had observed President Johnson sign this influential act into law—a landmark piece of legislation for equality in United States, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In December, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his remarkable efforts in the advancement of his cause. Dating to this period of great historical importance, this letter features exceptional content on furthering his impactful activism. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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