A Signed First Edition Copy of Stride Toward FreedomMartin Luther King Jr. Stride Toward Freedom. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958. First edition. Dr. King has boldly inscribed "With Best Wishes / [signed] Martin Luther King Jr." on the front free endpaper in blue ink. 8vo, 230 pages. Quarter bound in blue and black cloth over boards with silver lettering on the front board and spine. Along with King's signature, the name Leon Dillard (likely that of a former owner) appears twice, once in blue ink and once in pencil, in an unknown hand. Areas of staining on the edges of some pages. Minor damage to the rear board and normal wear to the spine.
Stride Toward Freedom, a first-hand account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, was King's first book. Just months after the boycott's end [December 20, 1956], King was asked to write a book chronicling the yearlong struggle against Alabama's bus segregation laws, which ended with 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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