STRIDE TOWARD FREEDOM, INSCRIBED BY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
KING Jr., Martin Luther. Stride Toward Freedom. The Montgomery Story. New York: Harper & Brothers, (1958). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition, early printing (one month after the first), of Dr. King's first book, an account of the Montgomery bus strike, inscribed by the civil rights leader on the front free endpaper with his bold flourish, "Best Wishes Martin L. King Jr."
In his first book, King presents a full and personal account of the bus strike in Montgomery, Alabama. Sparked by Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat to a white man, it was the first successful large-scale application of non-violent resistance to segregation in the United States. Non-violence, King reflects, "recognizes that social change cannot come overnight. But it causes one to work as if it were a possibility the next morning." With eight pages of black-and-white photographs. Early printing, with publisher's code "I-H" on copyright page, indicating that it was printed in September, 1958, one month after the August, 1958 first printing. Blockson 4119.
Book fine; lightest edge-wear to spine of bright about-fine dust jacket.