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    James Baldwin's Statement to Angela Poster.
    22.5" x 29"
    Buffalo; [1971]

    A silkscreen poster with art by October Graphics designer Vinton Kirk. Produced by the Buffalo Committee to Free Angela Davis. Featuring a large illustration of Angela Davis with a quotation from the conclusion of Baldwin's "An Open Letter to My Sister Angela Y. Davis". The quote reads, "The Enormous revolution in black consciousness which has occurred in your generation, my dear sister, means the beginning of the end of America. Some of us, white and black know how great a price has already been paid to bring into existence a new consciousness, a new people, and unprecedented nation. If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own-which it is-and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber. For, if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night. For if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night."

    Davis was arrested in October 1970, after being charged with murder and kidnapping in relation to the events of August 7, 1970, which resulted in the death of Judge Harold Haley. She was not at the scene, but it was revealed that a number of guns used in the kidnapping attempt and subsequent murder were registered in her name. Davis was held in jail for nearly two years, and was kept in solitary confinement for much of the time. During her imprisonment, hundreds of local communities worked to secure her release. James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a novelist and critic, who often explored racial and class distinctions in America. Baldwin's famous letter to Davis during her prison sentences was sent out of respect and in solidarity.

    Condition: Toning at edges and light soiling throughout. There is a tear at the upper left corner that has been repaired. Faint creasing from being rolled. Else, good.


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    January, 2019
    15th Tuesday
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