"THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT": FIRST EDITION OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS' POWERFUL MEMOIR, WALKING WITH THE WIND, BOLDLY INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY HIM
LEWIS, John. Walking with the Wind. A Memoir of the Movement. (New York): Simon & Schuster, (1998). Octavo, original gray paper boards, original dust jacket. $2600.
First edition of Congressman Lewis' pivotal account of the Civil Rights movement that transformed America, inscribed by him in the year of publication on the title page, "To S—, Keep the faith, Best Wishes, John Lewis 7-11-98." To African American leader, Dr. Cornel West, "No other elected official in America embodies the grand legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., more than John Lewis. In other words, he is a national treasure."
In Walking with the Wind, Congressman John Lewis "evokes, with simplicity and passion, how the 1960s transformed the United States… In this powerful memoir (written with Michael D'Orso), Lewis provides a compelling account… rooted in his own history" (New York Times). "No other elected official in America embodies the grand legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., more than John Lewis. In other words, he is a national treasure" (Cornell West). "The brutal beatings he took at the Selma bridge, the Montgomery bus terminal and dozens of historic conflicts are vividly captured in Walking with the Wind" (Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center). Widely heralded on publication, Lewis' dramatic memoir continues to stand as "the definitive account of the Civil Rights movement" (Washington Post). Congressman Lewis died in July 2020 after a long illness. First edition, first printing: with 16 pages of black-and-white photographic illustrations.
Mere trace of edge-wear to handsome dust jacket. A fine inscribed copy.