A. Philip Randolph was an American labor unionist, civil rights legend, and socialist politician. Randolph led a 10-year drive to organize the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) and served as the organization’s first president. Randolph arranged for Bayard Rustin to teach Martin Luther King, Jr. how to organize peaceful demonstrations for the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama. Randolph directed the March on Washington movement to end employment discriminationContinue reading “A. Philip Randolph Signed Photograph”
On March 2, 1955, Claudette Colvin was arrested at the age of 15 in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman on a crowded, segregated bus. This occurred nine months before the more widely known incident in which Rosa Parks helped spark the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott.Continue reading “Claudette Colvin Signed Photo”
This typed letter was SIGNED by the infamous segregationist Governor George C. Wallace on June 5, 1964, while Governor of the State of Alabama. In this anti-Civil Rights document, with such quotes as “…As you know I am currently running in Presidential Primaries throughout the country and already have received an overwhelming protest vote against the Civil Rights bill…I believe that the majority of the people of this country do not wish to see this bill passed…“
This postcard of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth’s Birmingham church is signed by the reverend on the front and is postdated 1958 on the reverse. 1958 was a historic year for the legendary civil rights icon. In 1958 Shuttlesworth: 1) survives an attempted bombing of his church (after it had been bombed 2 years prior), 2) petitions for the desegregation of Birmingham city schools, 3) renews a lawsuit to desegregate the city’s parks, 4) begins hounding Dr. King to come to Birmingham for a massive campaign against segregation, 5) is arrested for sitting in the white section of a city bus, and 6) becomes secretary of the SCLC (until 1970).Continue reading “Fred Shuttlesworth Signed Bethel Baptist Church Postcard-Postmarked 1958”
This letter from US Attorney General Herbert Brownell, Jr. is addressed to James E. Folsom, Governor of Alabama. The Governor was apparently asking for help from the FBI and Department of Justice related to the bombing of 4 churches and two minister’s homes on January 10, 1957, just weeks after the Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of Montgomery’s city bus system. All four churches — Bell Street Baptist, Hutchinson Street Baptist, First Street Baptist and Mount Olive — and the pastors, Ralph Abernathy and Robert Graetz (the only white minister to publicly support the bus boycott), had actively supported the Montgomery bus boycott that had ended a month earlier. On Sunday, Jan. 13, 1957, the four congregations held services amid the debris. Continue reading “1957 US ATTORNEY GEN’L SIGNED LETTER (ABOUT MONTGOMERY BOMBINGS)”
In July 1962, Dr. W. G. Anderson attracted national attention with his performance on the television news show Meet the Press, where he successfully defended the movement to hostile white newsmen. Anderson was standing in for King, who was imprisoned at the time for his role in the Albany demonstrations. This letter from Anderson to Meet the Press producer and host Lawrence Spivak (written 45 days after the interview) reveals his thoughts about the historic television event. In it, he says, “This program gave to me the opportunity to tell to the world the plight of the American Negro in a manner that could only be told through searching interrogation.”
W. G. Anderson is famous for being the leader of the Albany Movement, a famous chapter of the Civil Rights Movement, where Dr. King suffered a rare public loss. This loss taught invaluable lessons that would contribute to the overwhelming success of the Birmingham Campaign…. Continue reading “Signed Letter from Dr. W.G. Anderson, Leader of the Albany Movement”
Besides Albany, GA, St. Augustine, FL is probably the greatest unsung civil rights battlefield. Conspicuous among the civil rights legends from this amazing chapter of history, is 72-year-old Mary Peabody (“Grandmother Peabody”) who flew from Boston to St. Augustine in the last week of March of 1964 to participate in sit-ins which were famously volatile and often violent. As the mother of Massachusett’s Governor (Endicott Peabody), Mary Peabody’s unusual participation was a turning point that generated publicity and put an international spotlight on demonstrations in St. Augustine. Martin Luther King, Jr., sent a public telegram to then-Governor of Massachusetts stating, “I have been so deeply inspired by your mother’s creative witness in Florida.”Continue reading “Signed Letter From Mary Peabody After Famed St. Augustine Arrest”
I have never seen another Hazel Bryan Massery autograph. Massery was the infamous white teenager captured on the front page of newspapers around the world (click here to see original front page newspaper offered in this collection) on September 04, 1957 when she verbally assaulted Elizabeth Eckford, an African-American, who was trying to enter Central High School (an all-white school) in Little Rock, Arkansas. Continue reading “RARE HAZEL BRYAN MASSERY AUTOGRAPH”
Governor Orval E. Faubus was the Governor who called out the National Guard to block nine African-American children from entering Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Typed Letter Signed as Governor, on colored State of Arkansas Letterhead, January 10, 1958. Faubus makes reference to the challenge of integration in the letter by stating (after referencing “Pledge to the South”) “I am most grateful for your thoughtfulness and understanding of our situation.” Boldly signed in black ink.
This original LIFE Magazine shows the cover story of the Central High Crisis with signatures from eight of the Little Rock Nine (Carlotta Ray Karlmark has moved to Sweden).
The Little Rock Nine were a group of African American students enrolled in previously all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas. They then attended after the intervention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
One of the most interesting confidants in Martin Luther King’s inner circle was Bayard Rustin. When J. Edgar Hoover began a smear campaign to discredit Rustin based on his homosexuality (and therefore attempt to discredit the Civil Rights Movement), Dr. King distanced himself from him. To avoid attacks based on his sexual orientation, Rustin served rarely as a public spokesperson; he usually acted as an influential adviser to civil-rights leaders. Bayard Rustin was a leading activist of the early 1947–1955 Civil-Rights Movement. He organized the first of the Freedom Rides (1947) to challenge racial segregation on interstate busing Continue reading “BAYARD RUSTIN AUTOGRAPHED 8×10 PHOTO”
I was nervous about asking Ms. Boynton to sign this photo of her laying unconscious from her beating, but she understood that I valued her sacrifice. In 1965, Amelia Boynton Robinson asked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to come to Selma to add power to their voting rights campaign. They accepted, and set up headquarters in Ms. Robinson’s home. It was there at her home that they planned the Selma to Montgomery March which took place on March 7, 1965. Led by John Lewis and Hosea Williams, the event became known as Bloody Sunday when county and state police stopped the march and beat demonstrators bloody after they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Ms. Robinson was beaten unconscious; a photograph of her lying on Edmund Pettus Bridge went around the world. Ms. Robinson also suffered throat burns from the effects of tear gas.The events of Bloody Sunday and the later march on Montgomery galvanized national public opinion and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While Selma had a population that was 50 percent black, only 300 of the town’s African-American residents were registered as voters in 1965, after thousands had been arrested in protests. By March 1966, after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 11,000 were registered to vote.Ms. Amelia Boynton Robinson passed away in 2015 at the age of 103. She was portrayed by Lorraine Toussaint in the 2014 film “Selma”.
Click here to see autographed copy of Amelia Boynton Robinson’s autobiography.
Diane Nash was part of the first successful lunch counter sit-in, she was a freedom rider, she co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and was involved in the Selma voting rights movement. Ms. Nash was jailed many times for the cause of civil rights and spent time in jail while she was pregnant with her first child; her crime was teaching nonviolent tactics to children. Few civil rights leaders were as militant as Diane Nash. When violence stopped the first Freedom Ride in Alabama, Diane Nash was insistent that the rides continue. “The students have decided that we can’t let violence overcome,” she told civil rights legend Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, “We are coming into Birmingham to continue the Freedom Ride.” She later led all the rides from Birmingham to Jackson in 1961.
This Tuskegee Airmen book Lonely Eagles is signed by 6 Tuskegee Airmen, with at least 2 of them identifying themselves as being part of the famed 99th Fighter Squadron. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, Black Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws and the American military was racially segregated Continue reading “6 TUSKEGEE AIRMEN SIGNATURES”
This is a biography of one of the legends of the American Civil Rights Movement: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. It is also signed by the author, Doug Ervin. Shuttlesworth was whipped with a chain for trying to enroll his children in a white school. He advertised that he was going to do it and knew he was going to suffer for it (his wife was also stabbed during the effort). His home was bombed with 16 sticks of dynamite by the KKK and he miraculously survived. Shuttlesworth invited Martin Luther King to Birmingham resulting in the climax of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. As a result, the 1964 Civil Rights Act can be attributed initially to HIS efforts.
- –TV Guide (Jan 22-28 1977)
- –Vinyl LP (still in shrinkwrap)
- –Jet Magazine (January 27, 1977)
- –Music Book (all about the music of “Roots”), includes poster (see photo of Kunta Kinte raising child to the heavens)
- –Time Magazine (February 14, 1977), signed by Levar Burton
- –Large publicity still from rebroadcast (Ed Asner and Levar Burton)
- –Roots Magazine
This 1st Edition autobiography is SIGNED by arguably the most famous of the Tuskegee Airmen, Chuck “A-Train” Dryden. “A-Train” was also depicted in the critically acclaimed HBO movie “Tuskegee Airmen”. Dryden passed away in 2008. Continue reading “1997 SIGNED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TUSKEGEE AIRMAN”
This is a rare 1st Edition SIGNED copy of Daisy Bates’ autobiography The Long Shadow of Little Rock. Just 5 years after the Little Rock Crisis, she writes “Especially for a freedom fighter. May God keep you. Daisy Bates Nov. 6, 1926 (she obviously meant 1962). Ms. Bates passed away in 1999. After the nine black students were selected to attend all-white Central High, Mrs. Daisy Bates would be with Continue reading “DAISY BATES SIGNED 1ST ED. AUTOBIOGRAPHY”
This is an almost perfect 1st edition boldly SIGNED copy of Ralph Abernathy’s autobiography. Ralph David Abernathy, Sr. (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) was a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, a minister, and the best friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Abernathy was also the organizer of the first mass meeting of the Montgomery Bus Boycott to protest Rosa Parks’ arrest on December 1, 1955. Abernathy and his friend Martin Luther King, Jr. organized the boycott and gave birth to the American Civil Rights Movement. Following King’s assassination, Dr. Abernathy took up the leadership of the SCLC Poor People’s Campaign and led the March on Washington, D.C., that had been planned for May 1968.
Click here to see signed photo of beating.
This is a SIGNED copy of Amelia Boynton Robinson’s autobiography Bridge Over Troubled Water. Ms. Boynton Robinson personally invited Dr. King to Selma, Alabama and is considered the mother of the Voting Rights Movement. She was famously beaten unconscious (photo went around the world) on the Edmund Pettus Bridge while marching for the right to vote. Continue reading “1991 SIGNED AUTOBIOGRAPHY–MOTHER OF VOTING RIGHTS MOVEMENT”
This is a 1st edition copy (with dust jacket) of Rosa Park’s autobiography My Story. Book is in mint condition; dust jacket is in great condition, with almost non-existent wear at top. Continue reading “ROSA PARKS AUTOGRAPH (1st ED. AUTOBIOGRAPHY)”
Four original Tuskegee Airmen have autographed this oversized poster (see wristwatch for size) for the movie “The Tuskegee Airmen.” Among the bold signatures on this poster is that of Robert Williams. Williams wrote the story for the movie, but more importantly, he was a distinguished and decorated pilot with the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Most of these flying heroes have now passed away. I aquired this poster and had it signed at the world premiere of the movie where several original Tuskegee Airmen were in attendance and agreed to sign. Continue reading “SIGNED TUSKEGEE AIRMAN POSTER”
The late Daisy Bates signed an almost-perfect copy of the Little Rock Nine edition of Life Magazine.
After the nine black students were selected to attend Central High Mrs. Daisy Bates would be with them every step of the way. Bates guided and advised the nine students, known as the Little Rock Nine, when they attempted to enroll in 1957 at Little Rock Central High School, a previously all-white institution. The students’ attempts to enroll provoked a confrontation with Governor Orval Faubus, who called out the National Guard to prevent their entry. White mobs met at the school and threatened to kill the black students; these mobs harassed not only activists but also northern journalists who came to cover the story.Continue reading “1957 DAISY BATES SIGNED COVER LIFE MAGAZINE”
This advertisement for the 30th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma to Montgomery March is signed by 12 significant figures related to the Selma Campaign and the Civil Rights Movement in general. It is signed by the following:
George Wallace (former AL Governor), Joseph Smitherman (former Selma Mayor), Hosea Williams, C.T. Vivian, Joseph Lowery, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, Sheyann Webb, Benjamin Chavis, James Forman, James Orange, and Jim “Arkansas” Benston.
On November 14, 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges was first escorted to an all-white school in New Orleans by four Federal Marshals. When she enrolled, many white parents took their children out of the school. Because of daily threats, President Eisenhower sent Federal Marshals to escort her every day into the classroom for a year. Continue reading “Ruby Bridges Signed Program”
Signed program from the Million Man March dated October 16, 1995 says, “To my brother Chris, Help us organize us, Kwame Ture“. This signature was obtained from the Million Man March organizing committee in San Diego, CA prior to the date of the event in DC.
Kwame Ture, born Stokely Standiford Churchill Carmichael (June 29, 1941 – November 15, 1998) was a key leader in the development of the Black Power movement, first while leading the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), then as the “Honorary Prime Minister” of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and last as a leader of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP).Continue reading “Stokely Carmichael-Kwame Ture Signature”
This is the program for the “Invisible Giants of the Voting Rights Movement Women’s Conference” dated March 3-4, 1995 and held in Selma, Alabama for the 30th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” when marchers were brutally attacked by state troopers as they attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge during a demonstration for the right to vote. It is signed by Marie Foster, Amelia Boynton Robinson, Dorothy Cotton, Evelyn Turner, Lillie Brown, Maggie Wheeler, Mildred Black, Elma Hawkins, and Betty Maye.Continue reading “9 Selma Foot Soldier Signatures”
This is a collection of three signatures from Civil Rights legend James Meredith. One signature is an autographed photo sized 4×6; another signature is on the cover of a program where he spoke in the 90’s; the last signature is on the cover of a booklet he sold based on his autobiography. In 1962, James Meredith was the first African-American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the African American civil rights movement. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans. Continue reading “3 JAMES MEREDITH SIGNATURES”
John Lewis (pictured at the front of the line on this cover) has boldly signed this March 19, 1965 LIFE Magazine that features the Selma, Alabama cover story of “Bloody Sunday”…when peaceful demonstrators were beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge by State Troopers.
The 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, also known as “Bloody Sunday” and the two marches that followed, led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. Continue reading “1965 JOHN LEWIS SIGNED LIFE MAG”
James Leonard Farmer, Jr. (January 12, 1920 – July 9, 1999) was a civil rights activist and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was the initiator and organizer of the 1961 Freedom Ride, which eventually led to the desegregation of inter-state transportation in the United States. Continue reading “JAMES FARMER AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO”
This is a signature from NAACP’s Roy Wilkins (signed one year before he died) on an “Official First Day of Issue” Cover honoring Harriet Tubman. It is postmarked February 1, 1978 and also includes a 13 cent Harriet Tubman stamp. Wilkins has signed with a blue pen. In 1955, Roy Wilkins was chosen to be the executive secretary of the NAACP and in 1964 he became its executive director. He had an excellent reputation as an articulate spokesperson for the civil rights movement. One of his first actions was to provide support to civil rights activists in Mississippi who were being subject to a “credit squeeze” by members of the White Citizens Councils. Continue reading “1980 ROY WILKINS SIGNED FDC”
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth has signed this First Day Cover issued by the United States Postal Service. Shuttlesworth was whipped with a chain for trying to enroll his children in a white school. He advertised that he was going to do it and knew he was going to suffer for it (his wife was also stabbed during the effort). His home was bombed with 16 sticks of dynamite by the KKK and he miraculously survived. Shuttlesworth invited Martin Luther King to Birmingham resulting in the climax of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. As a result, the 1964 Civil Rights Act can be attributed initially to Shuttlesworth’s efforts. Continue reading “Fred Shuttlesworth AUTOGRAPH on Segregation FDC”
Autobiography of J.L. Chestnut, one of the most interesting heroes of the Civil Rights Movement I have ever met (now deceased). Mr. Chestnut has an amazing testimony of the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of being a black lawyer in Selma, Alabama. The anecdotes of what he witnessed (including the brutality of those beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge during “Bloody Sunday”) during the Civil Rights Movement makes this a must-have narrative in documenting the struggle.
This is segregationist Governor George Wallace’s autograph on an old black and white photo (5×7). Photo shows condition (scuff on left cheekbone, wrinkling in left corner).
(photo on the right is not signed–used for reference)
Autobiography of John Lewis, one of the 1st to be brutalized on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote (on “Bloody Sunday”) and the youngest of the speakers at the 1963 March on Washington.
This 1983 1st Edition Hardback copy of “Psalms From Prison” by Benjamin E. Chavis Jr. is in MINT condition. The book is signed and inscribed to Walter Fauntroy who was the first non-voting member of Congress from Washington, D.C. and has been a highly active Civil Rights leader.