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    Martin Luther King, Jr., Autograph Draft from Chapter XI of His Book, Stride Toward Freedom, with Edits. Two pages, 8.5" x 11", on The Montgomery Improvement Association letterhead, Montgomery, n. d. [circa 1957]. Accomplished entirely in King's hand, in pencil with edits in red. In the text, King discusses the advantages of nonviolent resistance.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, first book, Stride Toward Freedom, is a first-hand account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Just months after the boycott's end [December 20, 1956], King was being asked to write a book chronicling the year long struggle against Alabama's bus segregation laws, which ended with a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court finding said laws unconstitutional. In the book he discusses the racial tension in Alabama before and after the boycott and his personal beliefs in nonviolent resistance. "Stride" was published on September 17, 1958, to critical acclaim.




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    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
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    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
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