King Jr., Martin Luther. Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1958. Signed and inscribed first edition. Octavo, original red and blue dust jacket. Housed in matching 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 signed 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.
Dr. King Jr. has inscribed and signed the front free endpaper to Dr. Frank Graham, United Nations Representative and former President of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a complimentary inscription: "To: Dr. Frank Graham / In appreciation for your genuine good-will, your great humanitarian concern, and your unswerving devotion to the ideals of freedom and justice for all. With warm regards / Martin L. King Jr." It is accompanied by a newspaper clipping showing a stamp of Dr. Frank P. Graham at the United Nations.
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 inscription and signature appear boldly on the front endpaper. The book is presented with the original blue and red dust jacket and housed in a custom-built clamshell with blue cloth and red quarter calf leather binding. 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.