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Typescript Letter (Jacob Lawrence)
Artist’s Committee for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1963
(Lawrence, Jacob) Artist’s Committee for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Two-Page Typescript Letter. New York: 1963. Stapled, 8-½ x 11 in.; bottom corners torn away. Fair.
Jacob Lawrence was the Chairman of the artist’s fundraising committee for the iconic civil rights organization, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Here is a form letter from Lawrence to other artists on behalf of SNCC’s artist committee, describing a forthcoming exhibition and sale in support of the SNCC’s southern voter registration drive. “Artists, too, yearn for an end to racial injustice and the birth of equality for all men. Inspired by the students, we pledge ourselves to use our art to help guarantee support for this vital effort in which we deeply believe and upon which all our futures hinge.”
Scarce surviving documentation of Lawrence’s involvement with the committee in 1963, one other related letter held at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art in the Philip Evergood papers.