Archive of SCLC Campaign to Make Martin Luther King Day a National Holiday


File of material related to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference campaign to create a national legal holiday in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King. Atlanta, GA: Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1969. 25 pages of printed and handwritten material. Included in the file are (1) a cover letter on SCLC letterhead addressed to "Dear Christian Friend(s)," outlining the national holiday campaign ("We are petitioning Congress to make January 15, the birthday to Dr. King, a national legal holiday... no days in our calendar year do we have a day set aside in honor of a black man or woman to recognize the achievement they have made in the birth and nurturing process of our nation"), signed in reproduction by Ralph D. Abernathy; (2) a handbill, 8.5" x 11" inches, illustrated with an image of King above a group of Black Americans, one carrying an American flag, advertising a weekend celebration in Atlanta, "Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Weekend: Death to Life, April 4-6, [1969] (the first anniversary of his assassination), to include vigils, voter registration, a march from Ebenezer Baptist Church to Hurt Park, a sunrise service on Sunday, etc.; and (3) a packet of petition sheets (6 sheets signed by 85 residents of Atlanta and 17 unused sheets), "To the President and Congress of the United States of America," asking for legislation to create the holiday in King's name. The campaign to make a national holiday in King's memory took a while, but was finally signed into law in 1983 by Ronald Reagan. All enclosed in their original mailing envelope with an SCLC label addressed to Rev. M.L. Smith in Atlanta. The handbill for the Memorial Weekend is apparently not located on OCLC. Some light foxing, but very good.

Item #18026

Price: $1,250.00

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