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Letter written by Albert Einstein in 1943 condemning racism and segregation in the U.S. is for sale
The letter is especially relevant now, in today's racially and politically charged climate, even though it was written nearly 80 years ago. Also, letters written in English by Einstein are exceedingly rare. German was his preferred tongue.
By: The Manhattan Rare Book Company
Dated September 22nd, 1943 and handwritten on his embossed Mercer Street, Princeton (N.J.) stationery, the letter is addressed to Walter F. White, the influential African American Civil Rights leader who led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (the NAACP) from 1929-1955. Einstein praises White for his work battling racism and prejudice.
Writing in a neat cursive hand, Einstein begins, "Dear Mr. White, I have been quite impressed by the address you delivered some years ago at a meeting of the Princeton Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. I know how hard it is to awaken the conscience even of good-hearted and well-meaning people when deep rooted prejudices are in the way."
He concludes: "It is a great work indeed which you are doing relentlessly for the betterment of the living conditions of our Colored fellow-citizens, for justice and for the accomplishment of national unity of the American people." The letter ends, "With sincere respect and kind wishes, Yours, Albert Einstein." The letter is handsomely matted and framed, with a photo of Einstein.
"Einstein, writing in 1943, notes that he heard White speak 'some years ago'. Something clearly must have deeply impressed him about White's speech for him to write this thoughtful letter to White over three years after the event," said Michael DiRuggiero of The Manhattan Rare Book Company. "It's also one of the few letters Einstein hand-wrote in English. German was his preferred tongue."
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