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    Martin Luther King, Jr., Typed Press Statement with Edits Including One in his Hand. One page, 8.5" x 11", Atlanta, February 17, 1960. In an effort to legally stem the tide of the civil rights movement, authorities in Alabama twice indicted King, the first in 1956 for violation of a 1921 Alabama law against boycotting businesses. In the second instance, King was indicted on two counts of federal perjury.

    Shortly after hearing of the charges, King issued a press release stating that always gave an accurate account of his income and considers the charges yet another attempt to silence him because of his involvement with the civil rights movement. He admits that he was tipped off to the state's intentions by the man who audited his taxes. According to King, the man claimed that his superiors were pressuring him to find something for which they could bring charges.

    Dr. King has an alternate proposal. Knowing that he will not get a fair hearing in Alabama, he suggests that a group of highly regarded citizens go over his books and make a fair assessment. His list of men include Dr. Edwin T. Dahlberg, the President of the National Council of Churches of Christ; Senator Herbert Lehman; Erwin Griswold, Dean of the Harvard University Law School; Dr. Liston Pope, Dean of Yale University's School of Divinity; Father Theodore Hesburgh, President of Notre Dame University; L. D. Milton, President of Citizens Trust Bank; and Dr. Ramsey Pollard, president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He concludes by saying that he knows he is innocent and will continue his struggle against the constant persecutions

    King went to trial on May 25, 1960, and was found "not guilty" by an all-white jury. Printed on onionskin paper, there is light to moderate toning, wrinkling, and chipping along the upper and right edge. Small hole near upper right corner, but not affecting the text.




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    October, 2013
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
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    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
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