May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 135

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(BLACK PANTHERS.) Collection of Black Panther, Black Power, and other related buttons. 42 pinback buttons, ranging from 3/4 to 2 1/4 inches across, one with attached ribbon; condition generally strong. Vp, circa 1962-75

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Among the Black Panther-related pieces are two "Free Angela" buttons; a Kathleen Cleaver Peace & Freedom Party campaign button; a "Cleaver for President"; two duplicates with Eldridge Cleaver's quote "If You Are Not Part of the Solution, You are Part of the Problem"; "Stay in the Streets, Free the Panthers"; "Huey for Congress"; a Newton-Seale campaign button; "Free Black Political Prisoners" featuring the Panther logo; and one produced in New York just featuring the Panther logo. Others promote the Peace & Freedom Party and its candidates including Dick Gregory; Students for a Democratic Society; and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. One memorializing Martin Luther King bears an "I Have a Dream" ribbon, and others bear popular slogans such as "Burn Baby Burn," "Black Power," "Black is Beautiful," "We Shall Overcome," and "Today's Pig is Tomorrow's Bacon."
The "Never" button was produced for segregationists to show their strong opposition to integration. Sheriff Jim Clark of Selma infamy was known for wearing one. However, when James Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1963, he proudly wore one of these "Never" buttons on his robe--turned upside down to signify his opposition to segregation.