INSCRIBED BY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TO POET AND CIVIL RIGHTS SUPPORTER CATHERINE GODDARD ALLER
KING Jr., Martin Luther. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? New York, Evanston, and London: Harper & Row, (1967). Octavo, original half black cloth, original photographic dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $16,800.
First edition of Dr. King's last book, published the year before he was assassinated, in scarce original dust jacket, inscribed: "To Mrs. Howard Lewis Aller [Catherine Goddard Aller], In appreciation of your great support. Martin Luther King Jr."
King's final book was published the year before the legendary civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis. Based upon his last address as President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, delivered in August 1967, the book discusses issues raised by recent urban uprisings, white backlash and the 1966 shooting of James Meredith. "We have inherited a large house, a great 'world house' in which we have to live together—black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu." Copyright page with "First Edition" stated, "D-R" code. This copy is inscribed to Mrs. Howard Lewis Aller (née Catherine Goddard). Catherine Aller was a poet and homemaker from Lakeville, Connecticut. Aller was known for her committed Christianity and her ecumenical interest in Christian thought. This may have led her to Reverend King. However, Aller was also known to be a supporter of the civil rights movement. In 1960, she gave a loan to a friend, civil rights activist Daisy Bates. Bates would go on to have well over a decade working on civil rights, school integration, and poverty with institutions such as the NAACP and the Democratic National Committee. Underlining, marginal marking, and a few annotations in an unknown hand (possibly Aller's).
Book with marginal stain to pages 189-192 and faintest soiling to binding, dust jacket with only minor rubbing and soiling. A near-fine inscribed copy with interesting provenance.