First Edition of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Book Why We Can't Wait
Why We Can’t Wait.
King, Jr., Martin Luther.
Item Number: 15033
New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Some offsetting to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some creases and wear.
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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Inscribed by Martin Luther King, Jr., “For Jean Bach With Best Wishes Martin Luther King, Jr.” The recipient Jean Bach was an activist, filmmaker and doyenne of New York Jazz. She was an important figure in New York Jazz circles, as well as a social activist and the director of the Oscar-winning film, A Great Day in Harlem. In fine condition. Double matted and framed opposite a print of King, Jr. A nice association.
Rare original photograph boldly inscribed by Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., “Best Wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Ken Browne, From Martin L. King.” The photograph measures 3.5 inches by 5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 13 inches. In very good condition. Photographs signed by King are rare and desirable.
"Although the days are now dark, I am convinced that we stand on the threshold of our nation's bright tomorrow": Rare autograph letter signed by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Atlanta, Georgia: 1961.
Autograph letter signed by Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Dated October 5, 1961 and addressed to Mr. K. H. Browne, the letter reads in part, “Dear Mr. Browne: This is to acknowledge receipt of your very kind letters of recent date. Encouraging words such as yours are of inestimable value foe the continuance of my humble efforts. Our struggle is often difficult and the moments are often frustrating, but we gain new courage to carry on when we realize that persons of good will, such as you, are supporting us in the background. Although the days are now dark, I am convinced that we stand on the threshold of our nation’s bright tomorrow. I’ve never been to Mesa, Arizona, and appreciate your invitation to visit there sometime…It is my hope that I will have the pleasure of meeting you sometime in the near future. Sincerely yours, Martin Luther King, Jr.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with the original mailing envelope and a portrait of King. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 20 inches. Rare and desirable.
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