Emerson Graphics (fl. 1968) I am a man
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05954
Author/Creator: Emerson Graphics (fl. 1968)
Place Written: San Francisco, California
Date: circa 5 April 1968
Pagination: 1 p. ; 71.7 x 55.7 cm.
Summary of Content: Printed in large red letters by Emerson Graphics. Includes an imprint of Tea Lautrec Litho., the word ”Memphis,” and the poster price written in small print at the bottom of the page. Refer to GLC06124 for another printing of this poster.
Historical Era: 1945 to the Present
Background: The phrase ”I am a man” was used by Memphis sanitation workers and their supporters during their famous strike led by Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968. The phrase echoes a nineteenth-century abolitionist poster, which asked, ”Am I not a Man and a Brother?” Most of the sanitation workers/strikers involved were African Americans who demanded suitable compensation and union recognition. Tea Lautrec Litho published psychedelic posters in the sixties.Order Image