"Nonviolence is directed against forces of evil rather than against persons who happen to be doing the evil. It is evil that the nonviolent resister seeks to defeat, not the persons victimized by evil": Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story; Inscribed by Martin Luther King, Jr. to Texas Senator Ronald Roberts

  • Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story.

Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story.

Item Number: 42053

New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.

First edition, early printing of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ronald Roberts with best wishes, Martin Luther King Jr.” The recipient Ronald Roberts was a Texas State Representative. With his card laid in. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.

Stride Toward Freedom is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolence resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his 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.''