37 1/4 in. hand-carved, hard wood walking stick or "rally stick," painted flat black and featuring a raised 19 in. snake circumventing the stick and the clenched fist (minor scratches and indents, else good). [With:] Associated documentation from the consignor on the provenance of the rally stick. Group also includes additional Black Panther and Black Power ephemera, comprising: 10 pinback buttons of assorted sizes and themes; 3 small statues; a Black Fist Afro Comb; a peace sign Afro Comb; Barb on Strike. Vol. 1, No. 1. Berkeley, CA: Jul 11-17, 1969; a flyer from the Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam announcing the 1969 March on Washington; and a black and white photograph 17 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. with iconic image of Huey Newton and Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers, originally published in 1968.
Documentation accompanying the "rally stick" indicates that it was originally owned by James Johnson, who was a member of the Black Panthers in the 1960s. Oral history from the present owner indicates that the stick was carried by Johnson at rallies including the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago and at speeches delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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