Bürgerrechtler u. Nobelpreisträger (1929-1968). Unique memorandum of agreement for the right of translation of his last book with signature. Düsseldorf. Folio. 3 pp. Am linken oberen Rand geheftet.
$ 17,198 / 14.500 €
Typed memorandum of agreement for the right of translation of his last book „Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community“ between German publishing house Econ Verlag GmbH and „Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. c/o Joan Daves, 145 East 49th Street, New York, N.Y. 10017“. With autograph signature „Martin L. King, Jr.“ on the last page and autograph initials „MLK“ on all other pages, plus signatures by the representative of the publishing house and Dora E. McDonald, Mr. King’s assistant.
The Memorandum of Agreement deals with the German translation of „Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community“ (German title is added by hand: „Wohin führt unser Weg?“). The document contains details on the publishing deal, the consideration of One Dollar and other good and valuable considerations:
The publisher receives the „World German-language rights“, MLK is granted a non-refundable advance of US-$ 1,500 and royalities:
• 7 1/2 per cent of the retail price on the first 5,000 copies sold;
• 10 per cent on the next 10,000 copies sold;
• 12 1/2 per cent on all copies sold thereafter.
If the work is issued in two or more styles of binding the royalty shall be calculated according to the price of each. The Copyright notice reads „©1967 by Martin Luther King, Jr.“. The translation into German has to be completed and published within 18 months from the date of the agreement. Die Übersetzung muss innerhalb 18 Monate erfolgen. Die Abrechnung der Lizenzgebühr erfolgt alle sechs Monate. For any money the publishing house makes through rights for newspapers etc. King is granted 50 per cent of the proceeds. King’s book agent, Joan Daves, who is acting in all matters for King, will retain 20 per cent of all sums.
„Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community“ was published in 1967, it is the fourth and last book by Martin Luther King, Jr.. In order to write it, King retired to Jamaica. In the book, King reflects on hope, the civil rights movement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, poverty and how a social movement can establish itself jointly in the two parties. There is also a chapter which is fed by King's Nobel Prize lecture at the University of Oslo in December 1964.
MLK was preoccupied by the social question in the last months of his life. He tried to achieve better living conditions for all disadvantaged people, especially of course for the black community. This is why he had planned to organize a Poor People’s March in Washington in 1968. In this context he went to Memphis where King gave a speech on April 3. On the evening of April 4, 1968 he was shot dead..