Martin Luther King

King, Martin Luther

American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement (1929-1968). Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story: Inscribed and signed by King on the front free endpaper: „To | Harold Isaacs | With best wishes | and warm Personal | Regards | Martin L. King Jr“. Review copy, with the slip laid in. In a very good dust jacket with light wear. First edition, first issue with “HH” code on the copyright page. Advance copy with original half cloth & advertising photo and directions for reviews given. First state dustja.
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Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. His book „Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story“ was published in 1958 and is King’s historic account of the 1955–56 Montgomery Bus Boycott. The book describes the conditions of African Americans living in Alabama during the era, and chronicles the events and participant's planning and thoughts about the boycott and its aftermath.

In the chapter, Pilgrimage to Nonviolence, King outlined his understanding of nonviolence, which seeks to win an opponent to friendship, rather than to humiliate or defeat him. The book is signed for Harold Isaacs (1910-1986) who was an American journalist and political scientist. First printings are uncommon signed. King’s initials MLK stand for civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience. He was inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. At the March on Washington in 1963 he said his famous words „I Have a Dream“. "I Have a Dream" is regarded as one of the finest speeches in the history of American oratory. The March, and especially King's speech, helped put civil rights at the top of the agenda of reformers in the United States and facilitated passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964..

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Martin Luther King (1929–1968), American clergyman, prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and Nobel laureate. Typed letter signed. Presumably Atlanta, Georgia, July 30, 1964. 1 p. Large 4°. – To Arthur Leonard Ross, sending thanks for his contribution and outlining the ambitions and challenges for the civil rights movement: „[...] Now that the civil rights bill has been signed into law, we move into a new phase of the freedom struggle [...] We look forward now to consolidating these gains, and helping the law to reign in the hearts of Americans as well as in the courts. There is still much work to be done. Employment is a serious problem for all America. Voting rights are still not insured for Negroes in many Southern States, in spite of the clarity of the law on the issue. Police protection will be a problem until there is a change in the political structure of things [...]“. – On stationery with printed letterhead „Southern Christian Leadership Conference“; in splendid condition.


King, Martin Luther

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