Stride Toward Freedom, First Edition by Martin Luther King, Jr.

King Jr., Martin Luther, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York: Harper & Brothers: 1958. First edition in original jacket. Housed in a black quarter leather clamshell.  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story presents a full account of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus strike. This first edition printing, published in 1958, appears here with its original dust jacket. The book is illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photographs.

Stride Toward Freedom describes the events that resulted in the first application of nonviolent resistance to segregation on a grand scale in the United States. It details the Montgomery bus boycott, which was organized by King as well as the deep-rooted dedication of his contemporaries, such as Parks. King reveals personal experiences with violence and threats throughout his life, while simultaneously highlighting his own nonviolent worldview. King described the book as "the chronicle of fifty thousand Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth.''


This copy is in excellent condition with only slight shelf wear and toning to the front free end pages. The book is presented with the original blue and red dust jacket and housed in a custom-built clamshell with black quarter calf leather binding. Dust jacket is protected in a custom archival mylar sleeve. The spine of the clamshell features gilt tooling and raised bands. On the side of the clamshell is a black and white photograph of King Jr. and an embossed gilt signature.

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