Mar 31, 2016 - Sale 2408

Sale 2408 - Lot 151

Price Realized: $ 12,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
THE FIRST BLACK PANTHER POSTER (BLACK PANTHERS.) Move On Over or We Will Move On Over You. Black and white poster, 17 x 11 inches, featuring a stalking black panther between the two sections of text; some toning to the right side of the poster, with a short, closed tear, about five inches down from the top. Np, circa 1966

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The very first Panther poster, created in Lowndes County, Alabama in 1965, when Stokely Carmichael and others from SNCC were there to organize and register local farmers and others for voting. The Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), also known as the Black Panther Party, was founded in 1965 under the direction of Stokely Carmichael and the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee, or SNNC as it became known. Lowndes, like many areas of the deep South was 80% black, but had virtually no voice in electing representative government because the 20% whites that prevented voter registration by means of absurd testing, like guessing the number of beans in a jug etc. SNCC/LCFO came up with the motto "Move On Over or We Will Move On Over You." An example of the poster can be seen on the cover of the book "Bloody Lowndes" (Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt, 2010) where it can be seen, worn on the back of a Lowndes County farmer as he walks a local road. As far as we know, no other copy of this poster has ever been in commerce.