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Lot #293
Civil Rights: Vincent Harding Typed Letter Signed

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African-American pastor, historian, scholar, and social activist (1931–2014) known for his work with, and writings on, Martin Luther King, Jr. TLS signed “Vincent,” one page, 8.5 x 11, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Library Project letterhead, May 15, 1969. Letter to George Blau of the Atlanta Lay School of Theology, in full: "I'm sorry, but my schedule is quite full and I will be unable to teach at the lay school. As you probably know, I have recently undertaken the task of Director of the Martin Luther King Library. I have found that working with my board and staff to build an institution which is the dream of Coretta Scott King, her family and many black scholars prevents me from performing duties I might otherwise be happy to do." In fine condition. The recipient of this letter, George Blau, was a fierce supporter of MLK's cause; he participated in many sit-ins in diners while at Vanderbilt and printed the underground newspaper, The Great Speckled Bird, in his basement in Atlanta.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring John F. Kennedy
  • Dates: #692 - Ended May 15, 2024