Milwaukee: Milwaukee Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression, 1977. First edition. Near Fine poster measuring 11x17 inches. Unbacked; with small staple holes to all four corners; one small tear to right not affecting text or image. Overall exceptional condition of a rare piece of ephemera that does not appear in any institutional collection.
Following increasing tension between the KKK and black residents of Wilmington, North Carolina in the aftermath of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, ten community members were wrongfully convicted of firebombing a white-owned grocery store. Known by news outlets and activists as the Wilmington 10, these nine black men and one white woman were sentenced to 282 years in prison despite evidence of tampering, bribery, and unreliability among witnesses. In 1973, following her own acquittal and the end of her political exile, Angela Davis and the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression began hosting rallies across the country to raise awareness and demand fair treatment of black prisoners and the Wilmington 10. By 1976 Amnesty International joined them, calling for the release of the Wilmington 10, declaring them political prisoners of the U.S. race wars. The surviving 6 members of the Wilmington 10 were released and pardoned in 2013. A rare surviving document of an important American activist’s early work to create change. Near Fine (Item #2033)