Why We Can’t Wait.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere": First Edition of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Book Why We Can't Wait; Signed by Him

Why We Can’t Wait.

KING, Jr..

Item Number: 100080

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. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Best Wishes Martin Luther King.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Easily King’s scarcest book signed.

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. Listed by Time Magazine as one of best 100 non-fiction books written in English since 1923.

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