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April 18, 1968

THE VILLAGE VOICE, Greenwich Village, New York, April 18, 1968

* Central Park be-in against racism (Yippies)
* Martin Luther King Jr. assassination - funeral
* Eldridge Cleaver & Bobby Hutton - Black Panthers

The front page has a heading: "Sunday in the Park: Yip-Out or Has-Been?" with 4 related photos. (see images) Coverage continues inside.
The top of page 5 has a heading: "Three Days in Atlanta: 'I'm Free at Last..." with lead-in: "King Funeral"
Page 21 has a full page notice headed: "Victims of the other War" with photos of Eldridge Cleaver and Bobby Hutton. This was in support of freeing members of the Black Panthers after the incident with police in Oakland California.
I suspect this to be an extremely rare item because their was really no reason to save it at the time.
It is worth noting that "The Village Voice" was an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly. Founded in 1955, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City.
Complete with 64 pages, tabloid-size, one crease across the center, nice condition.

wikipedia notes: During 1968, the Peace Rally and the Easter Be-In were combined into a single event. In April, about 90,000 people ranging from veterans to religious groups to African Americans to Puerto Ricans to women groups to labor groups to students gathered at Sheep Meadow. Amongst the speakers at this particular demonstration was Coretta Scott King who spoke in place of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., who had been assassinated two weeks earlier. In her speech she said: "The inter-relatedness of domestic and foreign affairs is no longer questioned". The Village Voice described the crowd as apathetic and said there was a feeling that this had all been done before.

Provenance note: This issue comes from The Village Voice's own archives, part of their in-house collection used to create their digital archive. Rare as such.

Alert: Many issues of The Village Voice contain articles and/or photos which some consider offensive, and are certainly inappropriate for children. Please purchase with discretion.

Category: The 20th Century