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Written by:
Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery, American, 1921 - 2020  Search this
Published by:
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, American, founded 1957  Search this
Edited by:
Stoney Cooks, American  Search this
Photograph by:
Elaine Tomlin, American  Search this
Subject of:
T.Y. Rogers, American, 1935 - 1971  Search this
Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, American, 1926 - 1990  Search this
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., American, 1929 - 1968  Search this
The Rev. Jackson H. Day, American  Search this
ink on newsprint
H x W (Closed): 10 3/8 × 8 5/16 in. (26.4 × 21.1 cm)
H x W (Open): 10 3/8 × 16 1/2 in. (26.4 × 41.9 cm)
Place printed:
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
April 1971
Soul Force newsletter, volume 4, number 3. The newsletter is printed on newsprint paper with black type. The newsletter is folded together but not stapled. The front cover features a black-and-white composite image of a large line of men and women who appear to be marching. The images are arranged in perspective with the people at the front of the line, depicted larger, and the people behind them are depicted gradually smaller and smaller. Some appear to be singing, one woman is clapping, and one man near the back is holding his hand in a black power salute. Most of the individuals are depicted walking towards the right edge of the cover, however one man is depicted front and center, facing the viewer. He wears overalls over a short sleeve shirt, a hat, and work boots and both of his arms are resting inside the front panel of his overalls. Text printed below him reads [“there will be liberty and justice for all or there will be / no liberty or justice for any”]. Printed in the top third of the front cover is the masthead on the left that reads, [SOUL / force], and the date on the right that reads, [April / 1971]. The back cover is formatted like a post card. The newsletter is fifteen pages, and includes articles written in black text and black-and-white images and graphics throughout. On page 2 is a resolution presented by the Board of Directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference calling for a cease-fire in the Vietnam War, withdrawal of patronage from the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P), an overhaul of the legal and penal system, and a call to join the SCLC’s War Against Repression. Articles titles include: [W.A.R. / bill of particulars], [A&P / ON / STRIKE], [WALL ST., / what about hunger?], [LET THE CHURCH SAY… AMEN], and [Milledgeville, / …repression]. Page 13 also includes a poem titled [Who killed at Mylai?] by Jackson H. Day. On the last page is an advertisement for an upcoming Southeastern Christian Leadership (SCLC) event. The first page, located on the interior of front cover, lists the Editorial Board members, editorial staff names, and press names, along with the volume and issue number.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
American South  Search this
Communication  Search this
Economics  Search this
Poverty  Search this
Religion  Search this
Vietnam War, 1961-1975  Search this
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture