Vintage Martin Luther King, Jr. “Avery Clayton” Poster
Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. During his lifetime, King was a champion of Civil Rights. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, the year after he delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the March on Washington. This poster advocated for the national recognition of Martin Luther King day, something that wouldn't happen until 1983, 15 years after his death. The passage was controversial because of King's anti-capitalist leanings and his perceived radicalness. This original poster, in good condition with minor water damage on the corner with tiny pinholes, is from the first time the bill was voted on in 1979. It fell short by five votes. Thankfully the decision was reversed. Today, the holiday is a federal holiday and celebrated on the third Monday of January, to honor MLK's January 15 birthday.