[Signed by Rosa Parks et al.:] West Chester School District Committee for Black History Month / Bicentennial Constitution presents Past, Present & Future with Mrs. Rosa Parks, Mr. Fred D. Gray, Mr. Martin Luther King, III…  [original hand-lettered poster].
[Signed by Rosa Parks et al.:] West Chester School District Committee for Black History Month / Bicentennial Constitution presents Past, Present & Future with Mrs. Rosa Parks, Mr. Fred D. Gray, Mr. Martin Luther King, III…  [original hand-lettered poster].

[Signed by Rosa Parks et al.:] West Chester School District Committee for Black History Month / Bicentennial Constitution presents Past, Present & Future with Mrs. Rosa Parks, Mr. Fred D. Gray, Mr. Martin Luther King, III…  [original hand-lettered poster].


Entirely hand-lettered promotional poster for a Black History Month school program celebrating civil rights, signed by leading African American activists, Rosa L. Parks, Fred D. Gray, and Martin Luther King, III.

In 1955, Rosa L. Parks (1913–2005) led the Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama and was defended in court by African American attorney, Fred Gray (b.1930), after her controversial arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. “During the Montgomery bus boycott, Gray’s leadership and legal counsel played a crucial role in the successful desegregation of Montgomery buses.”¹ Martin Luther King, III (b. 1957) later became leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) founded by his father, the civil rights martyr Martin Luther King, Jr.

The poster is additionally signed by the artist—“Dippel”—whose 1986 silkscreen portrait of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. forms the background to the poster’s text.

The poster comes from the library of Brooks Morris, a noted West Chester, Pennsylvania educator and bibliophile. Morris helped organize the event and served as the master of ceremonies for this Black History month evening program.


Description: [Signed by Rosa Parks et al.:] West Chester School District Committee for Black History Month / Bicentennial Constitution presents Past, Present & Future with Mrs. Rosa Parks, Mr. Fred D. Gray, Mr. Martin Luther King, III…  [original hand-lettered poster].

[West Chester, Pennsylvania: West Chester School District Committee for Black History Month / Bicentennial Constitution, 1987]. [1]p. Hand-lettered, Silkscreen Broadside/Poster. Approx. 17½ x 14 inches. Signed by Rosa L. Parks, Fred D. Gray, and Martin Luther King, III. Silkscreen portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. signed by artist “Dippel/86.” Some toning at edges; very good.

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Price: $475.00