N.P. 1972. . Poster measuring 14 x 22 inches. Some marks, a closed tear with tape repair edgewear and creasing, very good minus overall. Very Good. Item #List916
After John Conyers’ efforts to create a national holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. failed in congress days following his assassination, the first celebrations of Martin Luther King’s birthday began in 1969 when the newly created King Center, led by Coretta Scott King, organized events in King’s honor on his birthday of January 15th. Observations of King’s birthday followed in each subsequent year, with the SCLC collecting three million signatures in support of a national holiday in 1971. Despite these efforts, no bill honoring King would be signed into law until 1973, in Illinois. Offered here is a poster from one of these early celebrations in 1972. We can find no record of the artist - a J.L. - or similar surviving examples of this poster.