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    Inscribed to Leonard Bernstein

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? New York: Harper & Row, [1967]. First edition, association copy, inscribed by the author to Leonard Bernstein on the front free endpaper, "To Leonard Bernstein / In appreciation for / your great support / Martin Luther King Jr." Octavo. [xii], 209 [3, blank] pages. Publisher's black cloth backstrip over yellow paper boards, spine lettered in gilt and red, in original dust jacket. Spine a bit sunned and rubbed, some edgewear to jacket a lower edge of rear jacket panel, some rubbing to jacket, light rubbing to binding, nearly fine. A handsome copy with an excellent association, chemised in tan quarter-morocco slipcase.

    Besides being one of the most prominent composers of the latter-half of the twentieth century, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was deeply committed to progressive causes and civil rights. This caused him to be blacklisted in the 1950's (although the impact on his career was negligible). In 1970, he hosted a famous gathering to raise money for legal fees for several members of the Black Panther party, which was famously satirized by Tom Wolfe in the New York Magazine article, Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's. Despite the criticism drawn from the article, Bernstein was seen by many as truly committed to civil rights.




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    September, 2016
    15th Thursday
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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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