Opening Bids: Tracking a Movement


The ’60s will be on the minds of many on August 6, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Given the attention that date will garner, the timing is apt for the upcoming sale at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. The Pennsylvania-based auction house will offer more than 50 lots that document the African-American experience. Leading off the sale, which culminates July 14 through 16, will be a copy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s first book, Stride Toward Freedom, published in 1958 and inscribed by King for Chief Justice Earl Warren. The Warren family consigned the volume, which the late justice had retained in his personal library. “This book is a remarkable tip of the hat from one legend to another,” says Scott Mussell, a specialist at Hake’s Americana. Other historical items at the auction range from a circa-1900 postcard written by Booker T. Washington to a collection of Black Panther posters. Together they represent many of the civil rights movement’s battles, both on the streets and in the courts.  

Sale: Hake’s online and telephone bidding opens June 23 and closes July 14 for historical items, July 16 for entertainment items;