1955-1956 Beginnings of Civil Rights Movement pin, Martin Luther King, Black Memorabilia
THIS PIN IS AN ESTATE FIND. We have been told that one just like it is in the Civil Rights museum in Memphis but we have not been able to substantiate that. We would appreciate any information bidders may have on this wonderful old pinback pin evoking an important time in American history and a very important American political and moral leader.
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
On Dec. 5, the Montgomery Improvement Association is established by a group of local Baptist ministers. The organization elects the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, president. In this role, King would lead the boycott. We have been told that this rare Civil Rights Movement memorabilia item was created in late 1955 and used to early 1956 in the December election of Dr. Martin Luther King to his first position as a civil rights leader as the head of the newly formed Montgomery Bus Boycott.
In January and February, 1956, whites angry about the Montgomery Bus Boycott bomb four African-American churches and the homes of civil rights leaders King, Ralph Abernathy, and E.D. Nixon.
Dr. King would continue to lead the Civil Rights Movement with his belief in non-violent civil disobedience with great success despite the sacrifices he and others made in the name of Love, Peace and Justice.
Excellent condition. Clear lucite lens over metal. Excellent photo of young Dr. King. Clasp is probably newer but works. See first two photos of the pin for further information.
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