Signed first edition of Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story by Martin Luther King, Jr., with an incredible collection of signatures, including the author, Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Jesse Jackson, Benjamin E. Mays, Rev. O. Clay Maxwell, Roy Wilkins and Lucie E. Campbell.
Octavo, 230pp. Blue cloth, black on spine, title stamped in silver. A first edition, early printing, with the “L-H” date stamp on copyright page. Three pen marks from the previous owner in the final chapter. Lacking the front free endpaper, with some offsetting. Expert restoration to the front hinge, which had been previously reinforced with non-archival tape. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, $2.95 on front flap, toning to spine, a near fine example. Housed in custom blue leather clamshell, lined with marbled papers, title on spine in gilt.
Includes the following signatures:
- “Martin L. King / June 26, 1959”
- “All the best / Coretta Scott King / 23 March 90”
- “O. Clay Maxwell / Memphis / June, 1959” –
- “Roy Wilkins / Memphis / June 24, 1959” –
- “Lucie E. Campbell” –
- “Benjamin E. Mays / Best Wishes Always” –
- “9/27/92 / Pasquell, / Keep Hope Alive! / Jesse Jackson.”
Provenance: From the estate of Pasquall “Bo” Duckett, with his ownership inscription on the front pastedown endpaper. Mr. Duckett was a civil rights activist, historian, and organizer in Memphis. Purchased from his estate in 2021.
This work includes signatures from the following notable individuals:
· Benjamin E. Mays (1894 – 1984) – President of Morehouse College, mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. and intellectual leader of the civil rights movement.
· Roy Wilkins (1901-1981) – prominent civil rights activist and Executive Director of the NAACP.
· Rev. Dr. O. Clay Maxwell (1885-1973) – Pastor at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in New York.
· Lucie E. Campbell (1885-1963) – civil rights activist, musician, and prolific gospel composer.
· Jesse Jackson (b. 1941) – politician, political activist and Baptist minister.
· Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) – civil rights leader and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
· Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) – author, activist, and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.