Pilgrimage of Prayer for Public Schools, January 1, 1959 [broadside]

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Title

Pilgrimage of Prayer for Public Schools, January 1, 1959 [broadside]

Description

Broadside advertising A Pilgrimage of Prayer for Public Schools, January 1, 1959 in Richmond, Va. At this event, organizers played a seven-minute pre-recorded message from Dr. King. A description of the event by Wyatt Tee Walker as reported to Dr. King is available online. More than 1,500 people attended. 

Text: 
Martin Luther King joins your Religious and Civic Leaders in Urging All Virginians to Come to Richmond in A Pilgrimage For Public Schools on EMANCIPATION DAY January 1, 1959. 

You will assemble at THE MOSQUE Laurel and Main Streets promptly at 2:30 P.M. 

"Let us not deceive ourselves! We have among us politicians who will not hesitate to CLOSE ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN VIRGINIA. We must demonstrate to Virginia and the nation by our presence and action that we will not tolerate this crime against Virginia's children." --Dr.  Philip Y. Wyatt 

WHICH WILL IT BE? Free Eduation? or Closed Schools? 

"Only through the preservation of a free, desegregated public school system can a people be fully emancipated from the shackles of prejudice and inequality. American democracy itself is at stake. This is your pilgrimage." --The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker

Source

M 306 Box 2, folder 8, Richmond Crusade for Voters collection, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU LIbraries

Date

1959

Contributor

Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

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Notes

Learn more:

Text of letter from Wyatt Tee Walker, pastor of Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, to Martin Luther King, Jr. reporting on a 1 January Prayer Pilgrimage to protest the efforts of Virginia officials to block public school integration. Stanford University, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute 

Massive resistance, Social Welfare History Image Portal

Massive resistance, Encyclopedia Virginia 

Wyatt Tee Walker, Dr. King's Strategist and a Harlem Leader, Dies at 88, The New York Times 

Martin Luther King, Jr., Social Welfare History Image Portal

Citation

“Pilgrimage of Prayer for Public Schools, January 1, 1959 [broadside],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed September 17, 2019, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/474.