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  • black as i am South Africa BLACK CONCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT ANTI-APARTHEID POETRY Photographs by South African Photographer Peter Magubane (1932-2024), Foreword by American civil rights activist and politician Andrew Young (b. 1932), Review by Poet Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) by Zindzi Mandela black as i am South Africa BLACK CONCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT ANTI-APARTHEID POETRY Photographs by South African Photographer Peter Magubane (1932-2024), Foreword by American civil rights activist and politician Andrew Young (b. 1932), Review by Poet Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982)
    Zindzi Mandela

    black as i am by Zindzi Mandela and Peter Magubane. Published by The Guild of Tutors Press, Los Angeles, California, 1978, first edition. Softcover, illustrated red wrappers, 8.5" x 11", 120 pages, illustrated with black & white photographs throughout. VERY GOOD Condition: covers show a touch of age, light shelf, edge and corner wear, the spine remains uncreased. Internally, tight, bright, clean and unmarked, a respectable copy of this elusive work.

    Zindzi Mandela's seminal 1978 poetry anthology was published at the end of the Black Consciousness Movement, a time of Black identity and resistance to apartheid. With painfully acute awareness of the inequality, her poetry reveals the life of a child under South Africa's apartheid and remains excruciatingly relevant today.…

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    black as i am by Zindzi Mandela and Peter Magubane. Published by The Guild of Tutors Press, Los Angeles, California, 1978, first edition. Softcover, illustrated red wrappers, 8.5" x 11", 120 pages, illustrated with black & white photographs throughout. VERY GOOD Condition: covers show a touch of age, light shelf, edge and corner wear, the spine remains uncreased. Internally, tight, bright, clean and unmarked, a respectable copy of this elusive work.

    Zindzi Mandela's seminal 1978 poetry anthology was published at the end of the Black Consciousness Movement, a time of Black identity and resistance to apartheid. With painfully acute awareness of the inequality, her poetry reveals the life of a child under South Africa's apartheid and remains excruciatingly relevant today. The poems are accompanied by Peter Magubane's evocative photographs, which reflect the brutality of Black life under apartheid.

    South African poet and diplomat Zindziswa "Zindzi" Mandela was the youngest daughter of anti-apartheid activists, freedom fighters and politicians Nelson and Winnie Mandela. She is among the three youngest published poets in South African history. She died at age 59 from Covid-19.

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  • THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY Newspaper 1970 Black Community News Service GUERRILLA WAR Violence EMORY DOUGLAS ART THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY Newspaper 1970 Black Community News Service GUERRILLA WAR Violence EMORY DOUGLAS ART

    THE BLACK PANTHER Black Community News Service Vol. V, No. 25, Saturday, December 19, 1970 Published by The Black Panther Party Ministry of Information, San Francisco, California. First edition, first printing.

    Newspaper format, folded as issued, 20 pages, printed on newsprint in orange and black ink, illustrated throughout with historic b&w photographs and graphics, with a brutally powerful image by Black Panther artist Emory Douglas (b. 1943) on the rear cover. VERY GOOD Condition: some age toning mostly to the margins and horizontal fold, the center of the fore-edge has some wear and finger smudging, a touch of foxing and some light edge wear, overall solid, bright, clean, unmarked and the iconic Emory graphic on the rear cover is excellent.

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    THE BLACK PANTHER Black Community News Service Vol. V, No. 25, Saturday, December 19, 1970 Published by The Black Panther Party Ministry of Information, San Francisco, California. First edition, first printing.

    Newspaper format, folded as issued, 20 pages, printed on newsprint in orange and black ink, illustrated throughout with historic b&w photographs and graphics, with a brutally powerful image by Black Panther artist Emory Douglas (b. 1943) on the rear cover. VERY GOOD Condition: some age toning mostly to the margins and horizontal fold, the center of the fore-edge has some wear and finger smudging, a touch of foxing and some light edge wear, overall solid, bright, clean, unmarked and the iconic Emory graphic on the rear cover is excellent.

    Emblematic of the Black Power Movement, The Black Panther is a visually iconic provocative weekly newspaper that politically engaged readers with BPP ideology, current events, and issues facing Black Americans that were central to the party's Ten Point Platform and Program, spotlighting abuse and killing by police, incarceration, the right to self-defense, inequalities of the justice system, and solidarity with social justice organizations and international human rights movements.

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  • Berkeley Tribe 1970 Special BLACK PANTHER PARTY Issue HUEY NEWTON Bobby Seale by Bobby Seale et al Berkeley Tribe 1970 Special BLACK PANTHER PARTY Issue HUEY NEWTON Bobby Seale
    Bobby Seale et al

    BERKELEY TRIBE | Vol. 2 No. 6 Issue 32, February 13-20, 1970. Special Black Panther issue. Cover photograph by Black Panthers official photographer Stephen Shames.

    "by any means necessary" ~~ Malcolm X

    Published by Red Mountain Tribe, Berkeley, California, 1970. First edition. Newspaper, printed in black ink on newsprint, 17" x 11.5", 32 pages. Graphic and provocative, filled with revolutionary imagery, articles, special feature by Bobby Seale and Black Panther photographs. GOOD Condition: complete as issued, horizontal fold, waviness, toning, shorelining, some soiling, edgewear including small closed edge tears and a few chips, somewhat tender, otherwise a solid and unmarked copy. Uncommon.

    The Berkeley Tribe was an underground newspaper published in Berkeley from 1969-1972. It was founded by striking staff…

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    BERKELEY TRIBE | Vol. 2 No. 6 Issue 32, February 13-20, 1970. Special Black Panther issue. Cover photograph by Black Panthers official photographer Stephen Shames.

    "by any means necessary" ~~ Malcolm X

    Published by Red Mountain Tribe, Berkeley, California, 1970. First edition. Newspaper, printed in black ink on newsprint, 17" x 11.5", 32 pages. Graphic and provocative, filled with revolutionary imagery, articles, special feature by Bobby Seale and Black Panther photographs. GOOD Condition: complete as issued, horizontal fold, waviness, toning, shorelining, some soiling, edgewear including small closed edge tears and a few chips, somewhat tender, otherwise a solid and unmarked copy. Uncommon.

    The Berkeley Tribe was an underground newspaper published in Berkeley from 1969-1972. It was founded by striking staff of the Berkeley Barb, another alternative paper. The Tribe was published weekly, with most copies sold on the street. Totally representative of the radical counterculture ethos of the era.

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  • Black Power RADICAL African American POET Vintage THINK BLACK! 1970 Printing by Don Luther Lee [Haki R. Madhubuti] Black Power RADICAL African American POET Vintage THINK BLACK! 1970 Printing
    Don Luther Lee [Haki R. Madhubuti]

    THINK BLACK! By Don L. Lee

    Published by Broadside Press, Detroit, Michigan, May, 1970. Third edition, 13th printing so stated. Illustrated wrappers, side staple bound, 8.5" x 5.5", 23 pages, b&w photograph of the poet on the rear cover. GOOD Condition: front cover has some small droplet stains, and a penned price adjustment, covers have light wear from age, internally a touch of age and a few creases from the printing process.

    Don Luther Lee (b. 1942; a.k.a. Haki R. Madhubuti) Black Arts Movement poet, educator, activist, and founder of Third World Press, the nation's oldest and largest Black owned publisher. Madhubuti is one of the great voices of Black poetry to emerge in the 20th century and the most…

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    THINK BLACK! By Don L. Lee

    Published by Broadside Press, Detroit, Michigan, May, 1970. Third edition, 13th printing so stated. Illustrated wrappers, side staple bound, 8.5" x 5.5", 23 pages, b&w photograph of the poet on the rear cover. GOOD Condition: front cover has some small droplet stains, and a penned price adjustment, covers have light wear from age, internally a touch of age and a few creases from the printing process.

    Don Luther Lee (b. 1942; a.k.a. Haki R. Madhubuti) Black Arts Movement poet, educator, activist, and founder of Third World Press, the nation's oldest and largest Black owned publisher. Madhubuti is one of the great voices of Black poetry to emerge in the 20th century and the most significant advocate and theorist of Black self determination since Malcolm X. In 1967 he debuted his first collection of poetry, "Think Black."

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  • 1943 MARION MISSISSIPPI MEN & WOMEN Serving in the ARMY w/ AFRICAN-AMERICANS SEGREGATED to the BACK of the ISSUE 1943 MARION MISSISSIPPI MEN & WOMEN Serving in the ARMY w/ AFRICAN-AMERICANS SEGREGATED to the BACK of the ISSUE

    HONOR ROLL - MARION COUNTY MISSISSIPPI MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA October 1943.

    An illustrated listing of people from Marion County, Mississippi, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Published in October 1943, during the war.

    Large format paper publication, side-stapled, 12x17.5 inches, 48 pages. Published by The Columbian-Progress, Columbia, Mississippi, October 11, 1943. First edition.

    Includes 45 pages of Men and Women who were in the Armed Forces. The first 42 pages are all the white men and women. The African-American men are segregated to the last 3 pages at the back (like the back of the bus). Yes, Jim Crow laws and segregationist attitudes were rampant.

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    HONOR ROLL - MARION COUNTY MISSISSIPPI MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA October 1943.

    An illustrated listing of people from Marion County, Mississippi, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Published in October 1943, during the war.

    Large format paper publication, side-stapled, 12x17.5 inches, 48 pages. Published by The Columbian-Progress, Columbia, Mississippi, October 11, 1943. First edition.

    Includes 45 pages of Men and Women who were in the Armed Forces. The first 42 pages are all the white men and women. The African-American men are segregated to the last 3 pages at the back (like the back of the bus). Yes, Jim Crow laws and segregationist attitudes were rampant.

    GOOD condition, a horizontal crease where the publication was folded in half, some other creases from handling, general toning to the pages, some soiling especially to the covers, some closed edge tears to the covers and here and there; overall a used, but still a solid, complete copy.

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  • NEGRO CIVIL RIGHTS IN CALIFORNIA 1850 Small Press Fine-Printing Keepsake 1969 - Two Copy Lot by David L. Snyder NEGRO CIVIL RIGHTS IN CALIFORNIA 1850 Small Press Fine-Printing Keepsake 1969 - Two Copy Lot
    David L. Snyder

    This is for TWO COPIES (buyer gets both copies) of:

    NEGRO CIVIL RIGHTS IN CALIFORNIA: 1850, by David L. Snyder.

    Keepsake printed by Roger Levenson at the TAMALPAIS PRESS for the members of the Sacramento Book Collectors Club 1969. Small-press fine-printing,"Special Publication No. 10", limited to only 300 copies.

    Fine-printing pamphlet, white rag paper covers, red title lettering, side-stapled, 7x10 inches, 12 pages.

    A brief history and vivid example of the limited legal rights of Negroes in California to testify against white men. This situation lasted until the testimony law was repealed in 1863. Included in this keepsake is a holograph reproduction of the 1850 sworn testimony of Sarah Carroll who claimed that William H. Potter stole jewelry…

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    This is for TWO COPIES (buyer gets both copies) of:

    NEGRO CIVIL RIGHTS IN CALIFORNIA: 1850, by David L. Snyder.

    Keepsake printed by Roger Levenson at the TAMALPAIS PRESS for the members of the Sacramento Book Collectors Club 1969. Small-press fine-printing,"Special Publication No. 10", limited to only 300 copies.

    Fine-printing pamphlet, white rag paper covers, red title lettering, side-stapled, 7x10 inches, 12 pages.

    A brief history and vivid example of the limited legal rights of Negroes in California to testify against white men. This situation lasted until the testimony law was repealed in 1863. Included in this keepsake is a holograph reproduction of the 1850 sworn testimony of Sarah Carroll who claimed that William H. Potter stole jewelry and money from her. The keepsake also has a transcript of her testimony, as well as the results of her testimony (William Potter was arrested). Sarah Carroll was a brave woman.

    Both keepsakes are in VERY GOOD or better condition, one has some light creasing to its top edge, else tight, bright, clean and unmarked.

    About this keepsake (from WorldCat):

    *******Sarah Carroll, a "free woman of color" brought a complaint against W.H. Potter on the charge of grand larceny for the theft of $700 and other articles of value. The documents of the case appear in this publication in both type and facsimile.******

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  • AFRICAN AMERICAN Pro Golf BLACK SCHOLARSHIP Celebrity Program LEE ELDER 1977 by Herman A. English AFRICAN AMERICAN Pro Golf BLACK SCHOLARSHIP Celebrity Program LEE ELDER 1977
    Herman A. English

    The Herman A. English Golf Classic, Inc. Presents A National Salute To LEE ELDER. Scarce Event Program

    Published by Herman A. English Enterprises, Los Angeles, California, 1977. First edition. Illustrated softcover, side staple bound, 11" x 8.5", 20 pages, illustrated throughout with b&w photographs of the award recipient, celebrity guests and Black Los Angeles business people. Also contains an interesting compendium of Black owned Los Angeles businesses circa 1977. VERY GOOD CONDITION: a touch of light wear, overall tight, bright, clean and unmarked. Scarce. None in OCLC collections worldwide.

    Held at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles to honor Professional African American Golfer Lee Elder with the first annual Herman A. English Humanitarian Award for his service to Black youth…

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    The Herman A. English Golf Classic, Inc. Presents A National Salute To LEE ELDER. Scarce Event Program

    Published by Herman A. English Enterprises, Los Angeles, California, 1977. First edition. Illustrated softcover, side staple bound, 11" x 8.5", 20 pages, illustrated throughout with b&w photographs of the award recipient, celebrity guests and Black Los Angeles business people. Also contains an interesting compendium of Black owned Los Angeles businesses circa 1977. VERY GOOD CONDITION: a touch of light wear, overall tight, bright, clean and unmarked. Scarce. None in OCLC collections worldwide.

    Held at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles to honor Professional African American Golfer Lee Elder with the first annual Herman A. English Humanitarian Award for his service to Black youth through Lee Elder's Scholarship Foundation. It was much harder for Black golfers to go Pro mostly because they couldn't play the great courses that prepare white golfers for competition. College is an important opportunity, and this well attended scholarship event raised a lot of money for young Black college bound golfers.

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  • 1886 FREE AT LAST Early Novel on BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS by an AMERICAN WOMAN ACTIVIST by Mrs. Jane S. Collins 1886 FREE AT LAST Early Novel on BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS by an AMERICAN WOMAN ACTIVIST
    Mrs. Jane S. Collins

    FREE AT LAST, by Mrs. Jane S. Collins.

    PITTSBURGH: Murdoch, Kerr & Co, 1896. First Edition.

    Hardcovers, green cloth covered boards, 5x7 inches, 208 pages. ILLUSTRATED with 15 plates (lacking the frontispiece).

    FAIR condition: the covers are spotted, worn through at the corners and along much of their edges and spine folds, but are original and still doing their job; internally, previous owner's signature (Virginia Sherman) on the front pastedown, lacking the frontispiece but the other 15 called for plates are all present, foxing to the endpapers otherwise just a sprinkling here and there, there is a 1 inch closed tear to the bottom edge of the front free endpaper and a 1 inch closed tear and associated crease to…

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    FREE AT LAST, by Mrs. Jane S. Collins.

    PITTSBURGH: Murdoch, Kerr & Co, 1896. First Edition.

    Hardcovers, green cloth covered boards, 5x7 inches, 208 pages. ILLUSTRATED with 15 plates (lacking the frontispiece).

    FAIR condition: the covers are spotted, worn through at the corners and along much of their edges and spine folds, but are original and still doing their job; internally, previous owner's signature (Virginia Sherman) on the front pastedown, lacking the frontispiece but the other 15 called for plates are all present, foxing to the endpapers otherwise just a sprinkling here and there, there is a 1 inch closed tear to the bottom edge of the front free endpaper and a 1 inch closed tear and associated crease to front edge of the title page, a couple pages are dog-eared; overall the inner pages remain tight, bright, clean and clear. A solid copy with original but flawed covers of this early, rare, woman's novel concerning civil rights for African-Americans.

    FREE AT LAST is one of the first published books whose title is those famous words "free at last", words which came from a spiritual and which later became a sort of anthem for Martin Luther King, Jr. during his speeches and rallies. The novel illustrates the need for Black civil rights, shows the injustices caused by Jim Crow laws, and calls for African-American temperance. The novel's protagonist is the son of slaves. He insists on being admitted to the White House to meet the President.

    The author Mrs. Jane S. Collins was a civil rights activist and temperance crusader. She and her group of women followers would sit in saloons and refuse to leave until arrested and taken away by police. A form of passive resistance that was used by many movements to follow.

    A historically important book written by a white American woman during the Jim Crow era.

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  • 1865 LIBERATOR ANTI-SLAVERY ABOLITIONIST Newspaper IMPORTANT FINAL ISSUE with UNPUBLISHED ABRAHAM LINCOLN TEXT by William Lloyd Garrison, Abraham Lincoln 1865 LIBERATOR ANTI-SLAVERY ABOLITIONIST Newspaper IMPORTANT FINAL ISSUE with UNPUBLISHED ABRAHAM LINCOLN TEXT
    William Lloyd Garrison, Abraham Lincoln

    THE LIBERATOR Boston, Friday, December 29, 1865. Vol. XXXV No. 52. ANTI-SLAVERY PERIODICAL.

    This is the Famous and Rare FINAL EDITION of The Liberator. It celebrates the ratification of the 13th Amendment that Abolished Slavery, and contains an UNPUBLISHED EXTRACT from a LETTER by ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

    THIS IS THE ORIGINAL FINAL ISSUE of this important anti-slavery paper. It is the corrected second printing of the final issue, with the added thanks to Reverend May on the third page, and with the additional letter from William C. Nell on the fourth page. Authors include Lydia Maria Child, E. Cady Stanton, Garrison, et al. Lydia Maria Child was, like Garrison, a prominent abolitionist.

    Single fold broadsheet newspaper, 4 pages,…

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    THE LIBERATOR Boston, Friday, December 29, 1865. Vol. XXXV No. 52. ANTI-SLAVERY PERIODICAL.

    This is the Famous and Rare FINAL EDITION of The Liberator. It celebrates the ratification of the 13th Amendment that Abolished Slavery, and contains an UNPUBLISHED EXTRACT from a LETTER by ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

    THIS IS THE ORIGINAL FINAL ISSUE of this important anti-slavery paper. It is the corrected second printing of the final issue, with the added thanks to Reverend May on the third page, and with the additional letter from William C. Nell on the fourth page. Authors include Lydia Maria Child, E. Cady Stanton, Garrison, et al. Lydia Maria Child was, like Garrison, a prominent abolitionist.

    Single fold broadsheet newspaper, 4 pages, 18.5x26 inches. Folded in half vertically and horizontally, as originally distributed.

    Beautiful front-page engraving. On the left side are White slave owners selling their "Slaves, Horses & Other Cattle"; on the right side are Blacks entering the land of Emancipation; in the middle is a picture of Jesus with a Black man and White man at his feet and the statement: "I come to break the bonds of the Oppressor". Running through the illustration is a banner stating: "Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Self".

    Edited by William Lloyd Garrison, Printed by J. B. Yerrington & Son, with articles by and/or about William Garrison, Lydia Maria Child, Thaddeus Stevens, Abraham Lincoln, and many others.

    Front page has a twenty-two line extract from an UNPUBLISHED LETTER "from the late PRESIDENT LINCOLN, addressed to Gen. Wadsworth, taking strong ground in favor of universal suffrage", and also a three-column article on "The Constitutional Amendment" (abolishing slavery).

    Other articles include: "Through the Red Sea into the Wilderness" by Lydia Maria Child (8 lengthy paragraphs), "William Lloyd Garrison and the Liberator" (printing remarks by Garrison), and "Political Rights of Women," printing the text of a 26-line letter from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to William Lloyd Garrison. This issue also includes poems by J. C. Hagan, Sarah T. Bolton, Joel Benton, et al. One of the poems is titled: "A FAREWELL TO THE LIBERATOR", another "Slavery's Funeral March". Again, this was the final issue of "The Liberator," with articles on the abolition of slavery and universal suffrage.

    FAIR condition, the issue was folded both horizontally and vertically as published, there is some light foxing and age toning, there is a 1 inch closed tear to the top margin, a 2 inch closed tear at the intersection of the horizontal and vertical folds and an associated close-by 1 inch closed tear, and small chips to the extremities and folds. Despite the expected wear, this original 155+ year old newspaper remains a complete, bright and clear copy.

    The issue will be sent folded, as is its normal state. Please handle this rare item carefully, it has survived the aftermath of the assassination of Lincoln and the subsequent century and a half, but the newspaper and especially the folds are tender and the issue can be easily damaged.

    This FINAL ISSUE of THE LIBERATOR, with the unpublished Lincoln text and tributes to Garrison and his paper, is considered to be the Publication's MOST VALUABLE and HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER ISSUE. You can read about THE LIBERATOR newspaper, and about many of the contributors in this final issue, on Wikipedia and elsewhere on the Internet.

    See more photos of the issue on the Internet at Blank Verso Books.

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  • 1902 PLANTATION BIRD LEGENDS Martha Young ALABAMA AFRICAN-AMERICAN / SLAVE FOLKLORE First Edition SIGNED & INSCRIBED + Laid-In Handwritten Letter by Martha Strudwick Young 1902 PLANTATION BIRD LEGENDS Martha Young ALABAMA AFRICAN-AMERICAN / SLAVE FOLKLORE First Edition SIGNED & INSCRIBED + Laid-In Handwritten Letter
    Martha Strudwick Young

    PLANTATION BIRD LEGENDS, by MARTHA YOUNG, with illustrations by J.M. Condé.

    NEW YORK: R. H. Russell, 1902. First edition, first printing, with the statement "First Impression, October, 1902" on the copyright page with no indication of additional printings.

    The book is dedicated 'To all the Dear Namesakes of E.Y. and A.E.Y.' (Elisha Young and Anne Eliza Young, Martha Young and her siblings' parents.)

    SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the AUTHOR, MARTHA YOUNG, to her SISTER, ANN ELIZA MUCKLE, on the front free endpaper:

    "To Ann Eliza Muckle / One of the Namesakes / With the love of her sister / Martha Young".

    LAID-IN is a HANDWRITTEN LETTER by Martha Young to her sister "Mrs. Alfred Muckle". It is…

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    PLANTATION BIRD LEGENDS, by MARTHA YOUNG, with illustrations by J.M. Condé.

    NEW YORK: R. H. Russell, 1902. First edition, first printing, with the statement "First Impression, October, 1902" on the copyright page with no indication of additional printings.

    The book is dedicated 'To all the Dear Namesakes of E.Y. and A.E.Y.' (Elisha Young and Anne Eliza Young, Martha Young and her siblings' parents.)

    SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the AUTHOR, MARTHA YOUNG, to her SISTER, ANN ELIZA MUCKLE, on the front free endpaper:

    "To Ann Eliza Muckle / One of the Namesakes / With the love of her sister / Martha Young".

    LAID-IN is a HANDWRITTEN LETTER by Martha Young to her sister "Mrs. Alfred Muckle". It is written on 1 1/2 pages of a 4 page single fold sheet of paper. Much of the handwriting is indecipherable to me, but here is how it begins: "Dearest Fredie: / This may be a help to you. If Fettie comes through and I see her I will ask if she has the book of..." The letter is signed/initialed M.Y. and dated (?) 20, 1934. On the folded backside it is addressed to Mrs. Alfred Muckle / Courtesy of Agnes Tutwiler". (AGNES TUTWILER was a relative of Martha Young; FREDIE likely was Martha Young's nickname for her married sister.)

    Hardcover Book, illustrated covers, 249 pages. ILLUSTRATED with a frontispiece photograph "Witch Menées Child" and 27 b&w drawings. Though the drawings and their captions are meant to illustrate the folktales and dialects of Southern Blacks (mostly former slaves), and were widely admired by writers of the day, many would be considered racist today.

    FAIR condition. The covers are soiled with a scattering of scrapes, the rear cover has some water staining to its bottom edge, the spine is substantially scraped and rubbed; nonetheless the covers are still solid and doing their job. Internally, the front inner hinge is cracked but holding well, there is foxing primarily to the first and last few pages, light finger smudges here and there, and one page has a thumbprint size chip to its front margin (not affecting text) and another with a 2 inch closed tear, else the inner pages remain tight, clean, clear and unmarked. All 27 b&w plates are present, a few have a bit of foxing. The laid-in letter has folds, creases, smudging and some stains, but the text remains clear (though the handwriting is difficult).

    About MARTHA YOUNG (from Wikipedia and the Alabama Women's Hall Of Fame websites):

    ******Martha Strudwick Young, b.1862 d.1941, was an American regionalist writer known for her recounting of Southern folk tales, fables, and songs of Black life in the plantation era. She was admired by other writers for her skill with dialect. Young was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1986.

    Martha Strudwick Young was the daughter of Confederate surgeon Elisha Young and Anne Eliza Ashe (Tutwiler) Young. The women's education and prison reform advocate Julia Strudwick Tutwiler was her aunt. Her family moved to Greensboro after the Civil War, and it was there that she learned the Southern folk tales and stories of African-American culture that would form the basis of her writings.

    In 1901 Young published her first book, Plantation Songs for My Lady's Banjo and Other Negro Lyrics & Monologues. She followed up in 1902 with Plantation Bird Legends, which established her reputation as a leading writer of dialect tales. Young was one of a group of regional writers who helped to popularize the use of dialect as an adjunct to realism, including George Washington Cable, Kate Chopin, Mary Noailles Murfree, and Joel Chandler Harris. She has been called "Alabama's foremost folklorist."

    From her 1986 induction into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame: "During a life which bridged two centuries, she recorded a rapidly disappearing culture, preserving it as a heritage for future generations."******

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  • Vintage SIGNED AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC COLLECTION UNSUNG AMERICANS SUNG First Edition 1st Printing SIGNED BY Important Black "Father of the Blues" Composer W. C. HANDY by W. C. Handy Vintage SIGNED AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC COLLECTION UNSUNG AMERICANS SUNG First Edition 1st Printing SIGNED BY Important Black "Father of the Blues" Composer W. C. HANDY
    W. C. Handy

    Hand SIGNED by African American Composer and Blues Musician W. C. HANDY in ink on the ffep.

    UNSUNG AMERICANS SUNG Edited by W. C. HANDY. Published by Handy Brothers Music Co., Inc. New York City [rubber stamped], 1944. First edition, First printing. Hardbound in original dark blue textured cloth with gilt printing on the front cover, 11" x 7.5", 236 pages, illustrated with a photographic frontispiece portrait of Handy, two full page photographic illustrations, and eight full page illustrations of African Americans from sketches by Beauford De Laney, and musical scores. VERY GOOD CONDITION: a few droplet stains and light wear to the covers, internally, toning to the pastedown and a penned gift inscription from the former owner Kitty Dalton,…

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    Hand SIGNED by African American Composer and Blues Musician W. C. HANDY in ink on the ffep.

    UNSUNG AMERICANS SUNG Edited by W. C. HANDY. Published by Handy Brothers Music Co., Inc. New York City [rubber stamped], 1944. First edition, First printing. Hardbound in original dark blue textured cloth with gilt printing on the front cover, 11" x 7.5", 236 pages, illustrated with a photographic frontispiece portrait of Handy, two full page photographic illustrations, and eight full page illustrations of African Americans from sketches by Beauford De Laney, and musical scores. VERY GOOD CONDITION: a few droplet stains and light wear to the covers, internally, toning to the pastedown and a penned gift inscription from the former owner Kitty Dalton, a chorus girl for Billy Rose on the ffep, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked.

    Handy's important musical and cultural collection of song tributes to outstanding African Americans, explores the different dimensions of musical development that exist within Black culture, while also highlighting the struggle and triumph that exist for people of color. Includes poetry, illustrations, children's songs, choral works, scenes from major works, and art songs. Handy, the "Father of the Blues" composed the music for Phillis Wheatley poetry, and collaborated with Langston Hughes on a number of his poems as did Margaret Bonds, there are over 30 contributors including jazz luminaries Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson, Andy Razaf, Luckey Roberts and Ismay Andrews.

    William Christopher Handy (1873-1958) born to former slaves, W. C. Handy was one of the first to compose, play and publish a steady stream of blues, spiritual arrangements, marches, hymns, and miscellaneous songs. His collections include Blues: An Anthology (1941), and A Book of Negro Spirituals (1938). His books include: Negro Authors and Composers of the United States (1936), Father of the Blues (1941), and Unsung American Sung (1944).

    Beauford De Laney (1901-1979) Noted African American Artist.

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  • OSCAR PETTIFORD Legendary BLACK JAZZ Bass Player AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH 1949 OSCAR PETTIFORD Legendary BLACK JAZZ Bass Player AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH 1949

    Scarce 1949 Vintage Photograph HAND SIGNED By OSCAR PETTIFORD in black ink directly on the image " 1944 / Oscar Pettiford / 1955 "

    This striking photograph of renowned Bebop Jazz Bass Player Oscar Pettiford is from the iconic 1949 record album THE JAZZ SCENE (Mercury Records, Limited to 5000 copies) and shot by noted Photographer and Filmmaker Gjon Mili (Jammin' The Blues). Printed black & white photo off-set lithograph, 12" x 13.25", upper white margin with binding holes as issued (the Jazz Scene album was made in a notebook style binding allowing the owner to move or rearrange the records, artwork, photos and text.) ALSO INCLUDED are FOUR ADDITIONAL RARE PHOTOGRAPHS (unsigned) from the Jazz Scene Album and shot…

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    Scarce 1949 Vintage Photograph HAND SIGNED By OSCAR PETTIFORD in black ink directly on the image " 1944 / Oscar Pettiford / 1955 "

    This striking photograph of renowned Bebop Jazz Bass Player Oscar Pettiford is from the iconic 1949 record album THE JAZZ SCENE (Mercury Records, Limited to 5000 copies) and shot by noted Photographer and Filmmaker Gjon Mili (Jammin' The Blues). Printed black & white photo off-set lithograph, 12" x 13.25", upper white margin with binding holes as issued (the Jazz Scene album was made in a notebook style binding allowing the owner to move or rearrange the records, artwork, photos and text.) ALSO INCLUDED are FOUR ADDITIONAL RARE PHOTOGRAPHS (unsigned) from the Jazz Scene Album and shot by Gjon Mili: LESTER YOUNG, RED CALLENDER'S hand on his double bass, and two photographs of CHARLIE PARKER. The Five Photographs are all in VERY GOOD CONDITION: some light wear, a touch of age toning, otherwise solid and bright, and Oscar Pettiford's original signature is bold and bright.

    OSCAR PETTIFORD (1922-1960) legendary American Jazz Bassist, Cellist and Composer was only 37 years old when he died. Pettiford remains a unique and eminent figure whose musical influence resonates even more today. Born on a reservation in Oklahoma to a Choctaw mother and African American Cherokee father, he came of age during the bebop era becoming a leading innovator of the newly emergent avant-garde jazz scene.

    Gjon Mili (1904-1984) Important Jazz Photographer and Filmmaker whose work changed the history of jazz on film.

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  • RIGHT ON! A Documentary on 1960s STUDENT PROTEST Radical COUNTERCULTURE Symbolism BLACK POWER Protest Iconography 1ST Edition by Maryl Levine, John Naisbitt RIGHT ON! A Documentary on 1960s STUDENT PROTEST Radical COUNTERCULTURE Symbolism BLACK POWER Protest Iconography 1ST Edition
    Maryl Levine, John Naisbitt

    RIGHT ON! A Documentary on Student Protest by Maryl Levine, John Naisbitt, Graphic Design by David L. Burke

    Published by Bantam Books, New York, London, Toronto, 1970. First edition. Softcover, illustrated wrappers, 7" x 4", 249 + (7) pages, graphically illustrated throughout with b&w photographs, illustrations and stylized text. GOOD Condition: light shelfwear and some creases to the covers, the spine has a few creases but the binding remains sturdy, 2 penned remainder lines on bottom page edges (edge of the closed book), internally the upper corner has some light shorelining, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A solid, respectable copy.

    Illustrated in a graphic style similar to the influential Marshall McLuhan book "The Medium Is the Massage." A book…

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    RIGHT ON! A Documentary on Student Protest by Maryl Levine, John Naisbitt, Graphic Design by David L. Burke

    Published by Bantam Books, New York, London, Toronto, 1970. First edition. Softcover, illustrated wrappers, 7" x 4", 249 + (7) pages, graphically illustrated throughout with b&w photographs, illustrations and stylized text. GOOD Condition: light shelfwear and some creases to the covers, the spine has a few creases but the binding remains sturdy, 2 penned remainder lines on bottom page edges (edge of the closed book), internally the upper corner has some light shorelining, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A solid, respectable copy.

    Illustrated in a graphic style similar to the influential Marshall McLuhan book "The Medium Is the Massage." A book design classic "Right On!" is a powerful visual collage of black & white photographs, graphics and text that captures the radical student protests of 1969 from fights for civil rights, Black Power, student power, Black studies programs and racial diversity to anti Vietnam War rallies and altercations with police. "Black studies are inevitable. Period."

    This vintage counterculture monograph is based on a 1969 study of over 200 US college campuses conducted by the Urban Research Corporation of Chicago, a private commercial organization that monitored contemporary trends and prepared reports for a range of groups and institution. These protests occurred on campuses of all sizes and in every region of the country, but most occurred in large universities with more than 1,000 students.

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  • STAFF DIRECTORY Congressional Black Caucus, 103rd Congress, 1993 - 1994 : Members, Committee Assignments, Staff Contacts AFRICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATORS Scarce by Congressional Black Caucus STAFF DIRECTORY Congressional Black Caucus, 103rd Congress, 1993 - 1994 : Members, Committee Assignments, Staff Contacts AFRICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATORS Scarce
    Congressional Black Caucus

    Congressional Black Caucus, 103rd Congress, 1993-1994 : Members, Committee Assignments, Staff Contacts

    The Congressional Black Caucus was formed in 1970 when the 13 Black Members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined together to strengthen their efforts to address the legislative concerns of Black and minority citizens. African American Representatives had increased in number from six in 1966 to nine, following the 1969 elections. Those Members believed that a Black Caucus in Congress, speaking with a single voice, would provide political influence and visibility far beyond their numbers.

    Published by the Congressional Black Caucus, A Legislative Service Organization, Washington D.C., 1993. First edition, printed in an unnumbered limited edition for Caucus members and their staff. Illustrated softcovers, side staple bound,…

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    Congressional Black Caucus, 103rd Congress, 1993-1994 : Members, Committee Assignments, Staff Contacts

    The Congressional Black Caucus was formed in 1970 when the 13 Black Members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined together to strengthen their efforts to address the legislative concerns of Black and minority citizens. African American Representatives had increased in number from six in 1966 to nine, following the 1969 elections. Those Members believed that a Black Caucus in Congress, speaking with a single voice, would provide political influence and visibility far beyond their numbers.

    Published by the Congressional Black Caucus, A Legislative Service Organization, Washington D.C., 1993. First edition, printed in an unnumbered limited edition for Caucus members and their staff. Illustrated softcovers, side staple bound, 8.5" x 6.75", 88 unnumbered pages including covers, each Caucus member has a two page spread that includes their biography and a black & white photographic portrait. VERY GOOD Condition: light shelfwear and a touch of age, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. Scarce, just 2 copies in OCLC collections worldwide.

    The African American Legislators in this 1993-94 Congressional Black Caucus compendium are the Honorable: Kweisi Mfume, Cardiss Collins, Alcee L. Hastings, William Jefferson, Barbara-Rose Collins, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Carol Moseley-Braun, John Conyers, William Clay, Louis Stokes, Ronald V. Dellums, Charles B. Rangel, Harold E. Ford, Julian C. Dixon, Major R. Owens, Edolphus Towns, Alan Wheat, Floyd Flake, John Lewis, Donald M. Payne, Craig A. Washington, Gary A. Franks, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Maxine Waters, Lucien E. Blackwell, Eva Clayton, Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Corrine Brown, James E. Clyburn, Cleo Fields, Earl F. Hilliard, Cynthia A. McKinney, Carrie Meek, Mel Reynolds, Bobby Rush, Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Walter R. Tucker III, Melvin L. Watt, Albert Russell Wynn, and Bennie Thompson.

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  • THE NEGRO PRESS OF KANSAS Unpublished Master's Thesis Includes "Chronological List of Negro Newspapers In Kansas from 1876 to 1938." EARLY STUDY OF BLACK NEWSPAPERS IN KANSAS by LEADING AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOLAR by Rashey B. Moten, Jr. THE NEGRO PRESS OF KANSAS Unpublished Master's Thesis Includes "Chronological List of Negro Newspapers In Kansas from 1876 to 1938." EARLY STUDY OF BLACK NEWSPAPERS IN KANSAS by LEADING AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOLAR
    Rashey B. Moten, Jr.

    THE NEGRO PRESS OF KANSAS by Rashey B. Moten, Jr. Includes "Chronological List of Negro Newspapers In Kansas from 1876 to 1938."

    Unpublished Master's Thesis, University of Kansas, written in 1936, approved 1938. Softcover, 8.5" x 11", velo bound document, 130 photocopied pages printed on one side only. NEAR FINE Condition: the vintage photocopied pages have the usual copy machine marks, smudges, and variations in brightness, as well as light signs of age and use, overall tight, bright, clean, and unmarked. Uncommon.

    One of the earliest and most thorough studies about Black newspapers. In this study of African American newspapers in Kansas, Mr. Moten identified many factors that affected the development of the newspapers, including politics, the lack of coverage…

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    THE NEGRO PRESS OF KANSAS by Rashey B. Moten, Jr. Includes "Chronological List of Negro Newspapers In Kansas from 1876 to 1938."

    Unpublished Master's Thesis, University of Kansas, written in 1936, approved 1938. Softcover, 8.5" x 11", velo bound document, 130 photocopied pages printed on one side only. NEAR FINE Condition: the vintage photocopied pages have the usual copy machine marks, smudges, and variations in brightness, as well as light signs of age and use, overall tight, bright, clean, and unmarked. Uncommon.

    One of the earliest and most thorough studies about Black newspapers. In this study of African American newspapers in Kansas, Mr. Moten identified many factors that affected the development of the newspapers, including politics, the lack of coverage for Black issues and concerns by white newspapers, and the Exodusters Migration (Exodusters was a name given to African Americans who migrated from states along the Mississippi River to Kansas in the late 19th century as part of the Exoduster Movement. It was the first general migration of Black people following the Civil War). He found that the press created political alliances and expanded spheres of influence for Black leaders.

    Rashey Burial Moten, Jr. (1913-2000) the first African American to lead a Catholic Charities organization, more specifically as the Executive Director at Catholic Charities Kansas City-Saint Joseph from 1970 to 1981. President Carter placed Mr. Moten on the Advisory Committee of the White House Conference on Families. Mr. Moten also helped launch Head Start in 1965, under the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.

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  • LEWIS HAYDEN EX-SLAVE in Rare 1873 MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PHOTOBOOK LEWIS HAYDEN EX-SLAVE in Rare 1873 MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PHOTOBOOK

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MASSACHUSETTS 1873.

    Rare Photo Book filled with small photographic portraits of the 1873 Massachusetts House of Representatives. Most notable is it Includes the African-American LEWIS HAYDEN, an ex-slave who escaped with his wife Harriet from Kentucky to Canada, then moved to Boston where he was an abolitionist, and where he and his wife were an important part of the Underground Railroad. The Lewis and Harriet Hayden house is now a National Historic Site on Boston's Black Heritage Trail.

    Original hardcovers, 3/4 leather (spine and corners), gilt page edges, marbled endpapers, 8x8.5 inches oblong, with 12 cardstock leaves (24 pages) with mounted photo plates. Hayden Lewis, representative from Boston, is the only African-American. It was his only term.

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    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MASSACHUSETTS 1873.

    Rare Photo Book filled with small photographic portraits of the 1873 Massachusetts House of Representatives. Most notable is it Includes the African-American LEWIS HAYDEN, an ex-slave who escaped with his wife Harriet from Kentucky to Canada, then moved to Boston where he was an abolitionist, and where he and his wife were an important part of the Underground Railroad. The Lewis and Harriet Hayden house is now a National Historic Site on Boston's Black Heritage Trail.

    Original hardcovers, 3/4 leather (spine and corners), gilt page edges, marbled endpapers, 8x8.5 inches oblong, with 12 cardstock leaves (24 pages) with mounted photo plates. Hayden Lewis, representative from Boston, is the only African-American. It was his only term.

    VERY GOOD condition, rubs and scrapes to the leather spine and corners, otherwise tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. A solid, lovely copy of this important historic record.

    About LEWIS HAYDEN (extracted from Wikipedia):

    ******Lewis Hayden, b.1811 d.1889, was a slave who had a number of different owners. At one point his first wife and son were purchased by U.S. senator Henry Clay, who sold them to slavers in the deep South. Hayden never saw them again. He later remarried. In 1844 he and his family escaped Kentucky and fled to Canada with the aid of Kentucky abolitionists Delia Webster and Calvin Fairbank, both of whom upon their return were arrested and imprisoned. Hayden later moved to Detroit where he established a school and a church for African Americans, then went to Boston to aid in the abolition movement. In Boston he was an abolitionist lecturer and businessman. He and his wife, Harriet Hayden, were an important part of Boston's Underground Railroad, helping numerous fugitive slaves, often sheltering them at their house.

    In 1873 Lewis Hayden was elected as a Republican representative from Boston to the Massachusetts state legislature. He helped found numerous Black lodges of Freemasons. Located on the north side of Beacon Hill, the Lewis and Harriet Hayden House has been designated a National Historic Site on the Black Heritage Trail in Boston.******

    About the LEWIS AND HARRIET HAYDEN HOUSE (from the National Park Service website):

    ******The Lewis and Harriet Hayden House at 66 Phillips (formerly Southac) Street served as the preeminent Underground Railroad safe house in Boston during the 1850s. In the 1840s, the Haydens escaped slavery in Kentucky and eventually settled in Boston. They lived in this house by 1850, operated it as a boarding house, and turned it into one of the most documented safe houses in the area.******

    PLEASE READ THE FULL LEWIS HAYDEN WIKIPEDIA PAGE and take a look at the many other articles about him and his wife HARRIET HAYDEN to be found on the Internet.

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  • BLACK POWER SOLEDAD PRISONER Wins Cruel & Unusual Punishment Lawsuit LANDMARK 1966 CIVIL RIGHTS CASE AGAINST CALIFORNIA PRISON Robert Charles Jordan, Jr. Plaintiff v C J Fitzharris et al Defendants by U.S. District Court Chief Judge George B. Harris BLACK POWER SOLEDAD PRISONER Wins Cruel & Unusual Punishment Lawsuit LANDMARK 1966 CIVIL RIGHTS CASE AGAINST CALIFORNIA PRISON Robert Charles Jordan, Jr. Plaintiff v C J Fitzharris et al Defendants
    U.S. District Court Chief Judge George B. Harris

    This is a landmark civil rights trial in which the plaintiff claims to have been unconstitutionally subjected to cruel and unusual punishment by the conditions at Soledad prison in 1965.

    Robert Charles Jordan, Jr., Plaintiff v. C. J. Fitzharris et al, Defendants. Published by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, September 6, 1966. Memorandum Opinion and Order by U.S. District Court Chief Judge George B. Harris. Legal document, stapled bound typewritten sheets, 8.5" x 11", 22 pages. VERY GOOD Condition: light age toning, a small paperclip stain, tiny edge tears to rear cover, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked.

    In 1966 a Black prisoner named Robert Charles Jordan, Jr. filed a lawsuit against the Superintendent…

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    This is a landmark civil rights trial in which the plaintiff claims to have been unconstitutionally subjected to cruel and unusual punishment by the conditions at Soledad prison in 1965.

    Robert Charles Jordan, Jr., Plaintiff v. C. J. Fitzharris et al, Defendants. Published by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, September 6, 1966. Memorandum Opinion and Order by U.S. District Court Chief Judge George B. Harris. Legal document, stapled bound typewritten sheets, 8.5" x 11", 22 pages. VERY GOOD Condition: light age toning, a small paperclip stain, tiny edge tears to rear cover, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked.

    In 1966 a Black prisoner named Robert Charles Jordan, Jr. filed a lawsuit against the Superintendent of Soledad prison charging "cruel and unusual" punishment. What was surprising about this case was that the court found in Jordan's favor. Mr. Jordan was locked in solitary confinement in a "strip cell" at Soledad Prison. The complaint goes on to detail many more inhumane conditions and treatment. After the court ruled that Jordan had in fact been subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, the Superintendent of Soledad, Cletus Fitzharris, remained at the head of the prison for 5 more years. He was then promoted to deputy director of the California Department of Corrections. Robert Charles Jordan Jr. was born in 1939 and was 27 years old when he filed this case. He had been convicted at age 19 of assault and has remained, as of 2020, incarcerated in a California prison. The Eighth Amendment prohibits the infliction of cruel and unusual punishment. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s pushed (at national, and local levels and in legislatures and courts) to recognize that the government disproportionately policed, incarcerated, and oppressed people of color and the economically disadvantaged. Court litigation records like this detail the horrific treatment incarcerated people continue to endure in prison.

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  • GOVERNOR NELSON ROCKEFELLER SIGNED LETTER with JACKIE ROBINSON Association 1967 by Nelson A. Rockefeller GOVERNOR NELSON ROCKEFELLER SIGNED LETTER with JACKIE ROBINSON Association 1967
    Nelson A. Rockefeller

    TYPED LETTER SIGNED from GOVERNOR NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER to MR. DAVID HYATT, Executive V.P. of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The letter is dated September 16, 1967.

    Single page typed on the Governor's State of New York embossed stationery, 7.25x10.5 inches. The letter reads:

    "Dear Mr. Hyatt: // Thank you very much for your letter of September fourteenth and for sending me the release on the appointment of Jackie Robinson as National Brotherhood Week Chairman. As you know, I am simply delighted that Mr. Robinson has been so honored. // I appreciate very much your more than kind comments about what my brothers and I have tried to do over the years. And I am grateful particularly…

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    TYPED LETTER SIGNED from GOVERNOR NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER to MR. DAVID HYATT, Executive V.P. of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The letter is dated September 16, 1967.

    Single page typed on the Governor's State of New York embossed stationery, 7.25x10.5 inches. The letter reads:

    "Dear Mr. Hyatt: // Thank you very much for your letter of September fourteenth and for sending me the release on the appointment of Jackie Robinson as National Brotherhood Week Chairman. As you know, I am simply delighted that Mr. Robinson has been so honored. // I appreciate very much your more than kind comments about what my brothers and I have tried to do over the years. And I am grateful particularly for the support of the administration of the State of New York these last nine years of one "ardent Democrat!"// With best wishes, // Sincerely, // Nelson A. Rockefeller (signed)"

    GOOD condition, two folds likely where the letter was folded to fit into an envelope (they don't really show in the photo, but are there), a bit of soiling to the upper corners, light signs of handling, still solid, bright, clean and clear.

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  • Radical Era BLACK ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST Alvin Hollingsworth Scarce 1970 Exhibition Catalogue by Alvin Hollingsworth Radical Era BLACK ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST Alvin Hollingsworth Scarce 1970 Exhibition Catalogue
    Alvin Hollingsworth

    The Prophet And Other Paintings by Alvin Hollingsworth

    ALVIN HOLLINGSWORTH first attracted widespread critical acclaim with this exhibition, The Prophet Series, that went from the Harbor Gallery, Long Island to the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1970. Romare Bearden positively reviewed the exhibition in the October 17, 1970 issue of the New York Amsterdam News. In a 1971 Ebony magazine interview, Hollingsworth said, "I have always felt that Christ was a Black man," and said the subject represented a "philosophical symbol of any of the modern prophets who have been trying to show us the right way. To me, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are such prophets."

    Rare Catalogue for the Prophet Series Exhibition, published by the Harbor Gallery,…

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    The Prophet And Other Paintings by Alvin Hollingsworth

    ALVIN HOLLINGSWORTH first attracted widespread critical acclaim with this exhibition, The Prophet Series, that went from the Harbor Gallery, Long Island to the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1970. Romare Bearden positively reviewed the exhibition in the October 17, 1970 issue of the New York Amsterdam News. In a 1971 Ebony magazine interview, Hollingsworth said, "I have always felt that Christ was a Black man," and said the subject represented a "philosophical symbol of any of the modern prophets who have been trying to show us the right way. To me, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are such prophets."

    Rare Catalogue for the Prophet Series Exhibition, published by the Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, 1970. First Edition. Softcover, dark yellow textured card covers with black printing and tipped on color plate, 9" x 6", side staple bound, 12 unnumbered pages including covers, illustrated with 7 b&w photographs of Hollingsworth's paintings and a b&w photographic portrait of the artist. NEAR FINE Condition: tight, bright, clean and unmarked. Scarce, only 11 copies in OCLC collections worldwide.

    ALVIN C. HOLLINGSWORTH (1928-2000) Leading African American fine artist, trail blazing Black comic artist, painter, illustrator, abstract expressionist, best known for his paintings relating to civil rights issues, the experience of Blacks within the urban landscape, Black women's rights, jazz, spirituality, and dance. Founding member with Romare Bearden of the Spiral Group of African American artists who linked their creative expression to social justice, other prominent members included Charles Alston, Emma Amos, Earl Miller, Norman Lewis, Hale Woodruff, Richard Mayhew, and Reginald Gammon. As early as 1945 he was illustrating comic books for various publishers including Cat Man Comics, which were issued under his name and pseudonyms, by the early 1950's he successfully created his own nationally syndicated comic.

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  • 1916 CARTER G. WOODSON - JOURNAL OF NEGRO HISTORY Volume I & II ***SIGNED & INSCRIBED by WOODSON to MARY E. CROMWELL, a Founder of the National Association of University Women, activist, mathematician, daughter of JOHN WESLEY CROMWELL by CARTER G. WOODSON 1916 CARTER G. WOODSON - JOURNAL OF NEGRO HISTORY Volume I & II ***SIGNED & INSCRIBED by WOODSON to MARY E. CROMWELL, a Founder of the National Association of University Women, activist, mathematician, daughter of JOHN WESLEY CROMWELL
    CARTER G. WOODSON

    THE JOURNAL OF NEGRO HISTORY Volume I and Volume II. By CARTER G. WOODSON.

    Each copy is SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by the author, CARTER G. WOODSON, as follows:

    "To Miss M. E. Cromwell / with the best wishes of / C. G. Woodson / Jan 19, 1918".

    Mary E. Cromwell was a founder of the The National Association of University Women, an activist for equality for African-American girls, and a mathematician. Her father was John Wesley Cromwell. John Wesley Cromwell is listed in the Index of Volume I.

    Two hardcover books, gilt titling to the spines, 5.5x8.5 inches. Pagination: Volume I, iv, 462 pages. Volume II, iv, 464 pages.

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    THE JOURNAL OF NEGRO HISTORY Volume I and Volume II. By CARTER G. WOODSON.

    Each copy is SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by the author, CARTER G. WOODSON, as follows:

    "To Miss M. E. Cromwell / with the best wishes of / C. G. Woodson / Jan 19, 1918".

    Mary E. Cromwell was a founder of the The National Association of University Women, an activist for equality for African-American girls, and a mathematician. Her father was John Wesley Cromwell. John Wesley Cromwell is listed in the Index of Volume I.

    Two hardcover books, gilt titling to the spines, 5.5x8.5 inches. Pagination: Volume I, iv, 462 pages. Volume II, iv, 464 pages.

    Published by The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Lancaster, PA, and Washington DC, 1916 and 1917. First editions.

    GOOD MINUS condition: There is chipping to the spine ends, the cover corner tips are worn through, there is a 1 inch split at the bottom edge of the front cover of Volume I, and the covers have some signs of handling. Internally, there is white cloth tape reinforcement / repair to the front and rear inner hinges and to the hinges of some of the prelim and latter pages of each volume; the inner hinge is cracked at a few places but holding; all the pages are lightly age toned, otherwise the inner pages are tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.

    HISTORIC and IMPORTANT African-Americana. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by CARTER G. WOODSON to his 1918 colleague at M Street / Dunbar High School MARY E. CROMWELL, the noted Black activist and mathematician, these two volumes are not only rare but unique..

    About CARTER G. WOODSON (from Wikipedia):

    ******Carter Godwin Woodson, b.1875 d.1950, was an American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study the history of the African diaspora, including African-American history. A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1916, Woodson has been called the FATHER OF BLACK HISTORY. In February 1926 he launched the celebration of Negro History Week, now known as the Black History Month.

    In 1911 he began teaching at M Street (Dunbar) High School - An Elite Black

    school. One of his colleagues was the mathematics teacher, Mary E. Cromwell. In 1912 Woodson was the second African American, after W. E. B. Du Bois, to obtain a PhD degree from Harvard University. But he continued for years teaching at M STREET HIGH SCHOOL until, in 1919, he joined the Howard University faculty.

    Woodson worked to preserve the history of African Americans. He noted that African-American contributions were overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history.******

    Read much more about Carter G. Woodson on his Wikipedia Page, in the article: THE BURGEONING 'CAUSE,' 1920-1930 AN ESSAY ON CARTER G. WOODSON (found when searched under that title), and elsewhere on the Internet.

    About MARY E. CROMWELL, to whom the books are inscribed:

    ******Mary E. Cromwell earned her A.B. degree from the University of Michigan and her M.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and did additional graduate work at Columbia University. She taught mathematics at M STREET HIGH SCHOOL / DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL, an elite public High School for African-Americans in Washington, D.C. Miss Cromwell was keenly interested in social problems, especially as they concerned African American women. She was a founder of the National Association of University Women, and served as its first Secretary.

    The noted African-American JOHN WESLEY CROMWELL b.1846 d.1927,

    was her father.

    MARY E. CROMWELL and CARTER G. WOODSON both taught at M Street / Dunbar High School in 1918, the year in which these books were inscribed by Woodson to Miss. M. E. Cromwell.******

    INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: These two books will require substantial additional shipping charges. Please contact us for costs to your country.

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