Memor.King Jr., Dr. Martin Luther. Banner with a large illustrated bust at center and with the bold text "WE SHALL OVERCOME" along the top edge. A large original period banner measuring 12" x 15.5", with text and illustration of Dr. King in dark yellow on black felt, with machine-sewn upper border, inserted wood rod, and stapled white tassels. This piece is a fine, rare, and well-preserved example celebrating the civil rights hero. It is the only example of this type we have ever offered.
The legacy left by King in the modern African American freedom struggle was to link black aspirations to transcendent, widely shared democratic ideals. While helping grassroots leaders mobilize African Americans for sustained mass struggles, he inspired participants to believe that their cause was just and consistent with traditional American egalitarian values. King also appealed to the consciences of all Americans, thus building popular support for civil rights reform.