[The BROTHERS]. Albany Liberator, April 18-May 1
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[Afro-Americana]. [Martin Luther KING, Jr]. [THE BROTHERS].
THE BROTHERS COORDINATING COMMITTEE. The Albany Liberator, Vol. 2 No. 5, April 18-May 1. Albany: The Brothers Coordinating Committee, 1968.
Softcover. First Edition. Original folio newspaper, printed in black on tan newsprint. Measuring approximately 11.4 by 15.7 inches. 12 pages. Photo-illustrated throughout. Light age toning, minor edgewear. Lightly worn at horizontal crease, tiny loss at fold edges, small closed tears. Clean throughout. Very Good or better overall.
Single copy of The Albany Liberator, the biweekly organ of the Brothers Coordinating Committee, this issue published two weeks after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis.
With a front page editorial on King bordered with photos from The Brothers' vigil in his memory, several profiles of local responses to King's assassination, a dispatch from King's funeral in Atlanta, a transcript of SNCC's conference statement on King's death, and sundry local activist news. Brief national items appear on final page (arrest of SNCC's Cleveland Sellers for refusing the U.S. draft; sentencing of bookseller and activist Martin Sostre to 31 - 41 years in prison).
Founded in 1966, The Brothers was a grassroots affiliation of organizers and activists that worked in Albany's predominantly Afro-American neighborhoods. As countermeasure against internal corruption, its leadership rotated on a weekly basis. Core members Gordon Van Ness, Leon Van Dyke, Clarence Newton, Sam McDowell, Peter Jones, and Robert Gene Dobbs all worked as editorial staff of The Albany Liberator, along with managing editor Peter Pollack, then a grad student at University at Albany, SUNY.
Scarce. OCLC locates a handful of copies.