Four pieces of ephemera from Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Richard Gibson.
Four pieces of ephemera from Fair Play for Cuba Committee
Four pieces of ephemera from Fair Play for Cuba Committee

Four pieces of ephemera from Fair Play for Cuba Committee

New York: Fair Play for Cuba Committee, 1961-1962.

Four pieces of ephemera, all 8 1/2" x 11", consisting of:

1. A single-sided membership form (dated August 1961 in pencil) with a letter from Acting Executive Secretary Richard Gibson.

2. A single-sided solicitation for money for the FPCC dated Oct. 28, 1961 by Gibson with list of 12 FPCC committees in the United States and their addresses. The city of New Orleans is noticeably absent here; it would have to wait for the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, to found a chapter in 1963.

3. A double-sided document, one side a letter by Gibson to accompany the FPCC magazine The Minority of One, with a list of the group's literature at the bottom. The verso is a flyer, "Stop The Cold War Against Cuba" with the group's tagline at the bottom, "Hands Off Cuba!" This would headline Oswald's leaflets.

4. A ten page mimeographed stapled document, printed on rectos only, titled "Report of RICHARD GIBSON, Acting National Executive Secretary, to the First National Conference of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee in New York City on July 1, 1961." It's a summary of the organization's goals, progress, and setbacks in its first year. Creasing from being folded in thirds. Only two copies of this report located in OCLC; not in the Richard Gibson papers at George Washington University.

A small, Very Good+ collection of uncommon ephemera of the ill-fated leftist, pro-Castro organization Fair Play for Cuba Committee, which was founded by two CBS journalists, Robert Taber and Richard Gibson. The latter was also a noteworthy African American expatriate in Paris in a small literary circle that included Richard Wright (author of Black Boy), James Baldwin (Giovanni's Room and Go Tell It on the Mountain), and Chester Himes (the Harlem Detective novels). Gibson would become the character "Bill Hart" in Wright's final, unpublished novel Island of Hallucinations, a turncoat who spies on his fellow black expatriates for intelligence agencies. A 2018 dump of formerly-classified American government files revealed that Gibson had indeed spied for the CIA, officially from 1965 to at least 1977, but quite possibly earlier during his tenure at the FPCC. The organization would cease to exist in 1964 after the eviction of its New York chapter and the negative publicity following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, when accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was revealed to have started his own chapter of the group in New Orleans in the summer of 1963. Item #140939140

Price: $500.00