Item #3237 "Religious Witness for Human Dignity" in Person Martin Luther King Jr. Los Angeles Coliseum...[caption title]. Martin Luther King.

"Religious Witness for Human Dignity" in Person Martin Luther King Jr. Los Angeles Coliseum...[caption title]

[Los Angeles: 1964]. Pictorial broadside, 11 x 8.5 inches, printed in blue, with portrait of Dr. King at top right. Minor edge wear and creasing, small chip to bottom right corner, old horizontal center fold. Very good. Item #3237

A rare broadside promoting a multi-faith event focused on "Religious Witness for Human Dignity," held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on May 31, 1964. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the keynote address at the event, which was sponsored by the Council of Churches in Southern California, the Western Christian Leadership Conference, the Board of Rabbis, and the Catholic Human Relations Council of Los Angeles, in an effort to ally the local religious community with the Civil Rights Movement. King addressed an audience of nearly 15,000 supporters, including many prominent members of the Hollywood community. Dr. King touched on a variety of topics, but chiefly on the Civil Rights Act, which was at that time stalled in the Senate; the present broadside refers to the act as "the Civil Rights Legislation Now Before Congress."

Part of Dr. King's speech that day is particularly salient: "Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to open the floodgates of opportunity and allow now an avalanche of justice to pour upon us. Now is the time to get rid of segregation and discrimination. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all God's children. This is the challenge of the hour." A few weeks after Dr. King delivered this speech, President Lyndon Johnson broke through the legislative stalemate in Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. No copies of this broadside in OCLC.

Price: $950.00