Why We Can’t Wait.

First Edition of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Book Why We Can't Wait; From the library of Actress Rosemary Murphy

Why We Can’t Wait.

KING, Jr..

Item Number: 122396

New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.

First edition of Dr. King’s third book, including his reflections on his 1963 Birmingham campaign. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. From the library of actress Rosemary Murphy with her signature and date of July, 1964 the year of publication to the front free endpaper. Murphy was nominated for three Tony Awards for her stage work, as well as two Emmy Awards for television work, winning once, for her performance in Eleanor and Franklin and she played Maudie Atkinson in the Oscar winning film To Kill a Mockingbird. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

Published the same year Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, Why We Can’t Wait was his response to the assassination of President Kennedy as well as his attempt to “place the events of 1963 in historical perspective, relating the Negro’s own long search for freedom since the Emancipation Proclamation” (Oates, Let the Trumpet Sound). Includes King’s famous Letter from Birmingham Jail, published here in full for the first time.

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