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KING, Martin Luther Jr. (1929-1968). The Birth of a New Age. Cleveland: Stephens' Recording Service, Memo Records, 1956.

33 rpm vinyl record (not tested for playback); original publisher's illustrated cardboard sleeve (light scuffs, partial split to lower edge, light wear to extremities).

A RARE RECORDING of the address King delivered in Cleveland on 7 August 1956, at the convention of the National Negro Funeral Directors Association when he was just 27. The recording was made by Carlton M. Stephens, a metallurgical engineer whose side business was producing records. Stephens corresponded with Dr. King throughout 1956 and early 1957 in a series of letters in which he requested permission, which Dr. King granted in a 27 September 1956 letter, and gave details and updates on the project. In a letter dated 20 December 1956, Stephens shares that "Sterling Hykes, local Negro artist of Kamaru House, designed the attractive jacket. It is modern, done in red, white, and blue," adding "we took the liberty to add a few notes about Montgomery with the biography on the back. Material for this was collected and written by Mrs. Carriebelle J. Cook, local librarian and my wife." Dr. King received $100 in proceeds from sales in a letter from Stephens dated 28 February 1957. (MLKP-MBU, Box 65, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, MA). VERY RARE: OCLC locates no copies and according to online records, no copy has ever sold at auction.

Provenance:Property from the Collection of Eric Majette Jr.

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

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