Letter. An interesting SIGNED letter from Belafonte to Brooks Atkinson, drama critic of the New York Times, dated 19 May 1955. In this letter of @250 words, the singer and actor wishes to clarify that a letter sent by him a few days before is not misunderstood. Essentially, Belafonte wants Atkinson to know that, despite an earlier report to the contrary, the contemplated closing of his show "3 For Tonight" is not related to his Las Vegas engagement. Adding to the interest are numerous pencil notes and corrections that attempt to tame the tone of the words, either by the singer or his agent, Jay Kennedy, from whose estate this letter came. Belafonte, one of the world's most popular entertainers, starring not only in music but in the theater and film as well, was also the first, and for some time the only, black producer in television. He was also very active in the civil rights struggle, bailing Martin Luther King, Jr. out of the Birmingham City Jail and a few years later helping to organize the March on Washington. About a two-inch closed tear just entering the text on the left margin; light wrinkling. Very Good. Item #010108

Price: $250.00

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