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Extraordinary January 18, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. Signed Program (Temple Sha'arey Shalom Shabbat Service)
Starting Bid - $3,000, Sold For - $3,900
Four-page foldover program, issued for a Shabbat service held at Temple Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield, New Jersey, on January 18, 1963, signed on the cover by Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), American civil rights leader. King's signature ("Martin Luther King") is boldly executed in black ink and grades "10." King spoke at Temple Sha'arey Shalom on January 18, 1963, and the interior blank pages are filled with handwritten notes taken during the speech. Based upon the notes, it appears that much of King's speech was similar to one he gave in 1956 titled "The Birth of a New Age." In it, King reflects on the experiences of African Americans in this country from the earliest days of colonial history to present times. King spoke to the congregation that day because he was very close friends with Rabbi Israel Dresner of Temple Sha'arey Shalom. Dresner, who at one time was known as "the most arrested Rabbi in America," was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement and one of King's most trusted interfaith advisors. King later returned to make a second speech at Temple Sha'arey Shalom in 1966. This is an outstanding Martin Luther King Jr. signed piece in that it commemorates both his and Dresner's goal of uniting our country under the umbrella of a shared humanity, characterized by dignity and respect for people of all races, creeds, and colors. The program (5.5 x 8.5 inches) displays a uniform area of toning on the front cover, and scattered toning on the reverse cover; otherwise in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
SOLD FOR $3,900
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