Washington; Micah Press, 1969. Item #42392
1st edition. Original Illustrated Wraps. 32mo. 48 pages. 13 cm. This is not the more common trade edition which was published a year later, in 1970. Leading Jewish peace & justice activist Libby Frank's copy with her ownership signature on the title page. For more on Frank, see her KeyWiki page at keywiki.org/Libby_Frank, as well as a biographical video at youtu.be/VHw7qq_cwxE . With eight distinctive illustrations by Lloyd Mcneill, an influential Black jazz musician and artist. This text originally appeared in Ramparts Magazine, February 1969. An attractively designed, civil rights era Freedom Seder; this edition has influenced countless similar pieces and interfaith Passover celebrations from college campuses to the contemporary White House. This first edition was published by The Micah Press; with errata of whole pages of text pasted and taped on over pages 20 and 29. Arthur Waskow, founding member of the Institute for Policy Studies, was active in progressive Washington D. C. Politics throughout the 1960’s. “In 1969, Waskow's life took a new turn, toward leadership in the renewal of Jewish life in America. This work first began when Waskow wrote The Freedom Seder, a Passover Haggadah that wove together the traditional text with passages from leaders of social justice movements, such as Martin Luther King. ” From the preface: "One of my earliest and warmest memories is that of my father reciting the Dayenu, the chant of rebellion, liberation, travail, and the creation of a new law that is the story of Passover. One of my latest and warmest memories is that of working with my wife and children to make of our own Passover Seder something that would speak to our deep concerns about our selves and our world. Our efforts became sharper and more urgent in 1968, when the Passover came one bare week after the murder of Martin Luther King, the April uprising of black Washington against the blank-eyed pyramid-builders of our own time, and the military occupation of our city. Who in those days could forget that the prophet King had remembered Moses? -- had spoken of how he had been to the mountain-top, had seen e promised land, but might never enter. ... And then we realized that in 1969, the third night of Passover, April 4, would be the first anniversary of King's death. Facing those dates, we found our deepest feelings best expressed in a fusion of the traditional Seder with a new song of freedom—both the freedom of men in relation to each other and the freedom of men in relation to God..." (EJ 2007) Subjects: Passover - Prayers and devotions. Haggadah. Civil Rights Movement – Passover. OCLC: 8112470. Previous owner's name on margin of title pages, otherwise immaculate, Very Good+ Condition (HAG-12-1A-BXGG-'lecc).