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    [Southern Christian Leadership Conference]. Collection of Ephemera Related to the SCLC. Comprised of seven documents spanning the years 1959 through 1971. Founded in 1957, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was born out of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Inspired by the activity in Montgomery, bus protests began to spread throughout the South and leaders from the various protest groups met to organize a national body to coordinate the protest effort. The result was the SCLC, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, with Martin Luther King, Jr., as its first president.

    Of note is a Martin Luther King, Jr., Telegram, one printed page, 8.5" x 5.5", [Atlanta], August 9, 1960, to Alabama Governor John Patterson expressing disappointment in a pledge issued by Alabama State College President H. C. Trenholm in which the students promise to no longer protest segregation laws.

    Also included: Africa Freedom Dinner Program. Eight page program, measuring 5.5" x 8.5". Held on the campus of Atlanta University, the dinner was held May 13, 1959, in honor of Tom Mboya from Kenya. Mboya was a Kenyan politician who was assassinated in 1969. Hosted by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. [and:] Kenneth Kaunda Flyer. One printed page, 8.5" x 11", Atlanta, May 5, 1960. Sponsored by the SCLC, citizens were urged to "Hear and Meet Mr. Kenneth Kaunda African Freedom Leader from Northern Rhodesia" at the Morris Brown College chapel. According to the flyer, Kaunda was "visiting the South under the auspices of the AMERICAN COMMITTEE ON AFRICA, and is especially eager to the leaders and participants in the STUDENT MOVEMENT." Four years after his visit to the U.S, Kaunda became the first president of the new nation of Zambia. Folds and overall wrinkling; chipped edges. [and:] SCLC Appeal to Join War Against Repression. One pamphlet, 11" x 8.5", Atlanta, n. d. [circa 1971]. The War Against Repression, or W.A.R., was organized around the third anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King by SCLC President Ralph D. Abernathy to "continue the non-violent work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." Its goals were to end hunger, increase jobs and income, seek justice, to have true representation in the government, to receive a quality education, the right for workers to organize, and an end to the war in Vietnam. Features a photograph of Abernathy and a group of men in a mule drawn wagon. With a W.A.R. flyer, 8.5" x 11.

    With an SCLC Pamphlet. Two pages, 14" x 8.5". Provides a short history and list of officers and board members. [and:] The Crusader. Vol. 1, No. 2. Eight pages, 8.5" x 14", Atlanta, November 1959. One of the first copies of the SCLC's newsletter.


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