Important 1963 autographed letter on NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Letterhead Stationary soliciting funds to aid protesters in Birmingham
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Important 1963 letter on NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Letterhead Stationary soliciting funds to aid protesters in Birmingham at the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Letter is signed by Chairman Allan Knight Chalmers. Partially transcribed: A shocking lesson learned in Birmingham is that the right of Americans to assemble peacefully for redress of grievances is not safeguarded by law. Men, women, children who have committed no crime have been attacked by police dogs, fire hoses and police night sticks. The only legal aid that is being given the heroic Negro community in this crisis is provided by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Criminal charges stand against 2497 Negro citizens jailed for peaceful protest...........Allan Knight Chalmers (1897-1972) served as a mentor to Martin Luther King during Kings years at Boston University and continued to influence King throughout the civil rights movement. In early 1956, as treasurer of the NAACP, Chalmers wrote to King promising to support the Montgomery bus boycott: We will back you at the national level without any question In the 1930s Chamlers was the chair of the Scottsboro Defense Committee.
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