Highly important autograph manuscript, in pencil, unsigned, one page, 8.5 x 11, Montgomery Improvement Association, Inc. letterhead, no date but circa 1957–1958. King continues drafting a portion of his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. In full: “been barred from membership in certain unions, and denied apprenticeship training and vocational education. In every section of the country one may find local unions existing as a serious and vicious obstacle when the Negro seeks jobs or up-grading in employment. The AFL-CIO drive to organize the south has been virtually abandon because of the massive resistance of a significant portion of the organized labor oligarchy, many.” Page is encapsulated in acid-free Mylar. In fine condition, with two small spots of light soiling to top edge. This manuscript reveals a late draft of a portion of Chapter XI, titled ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’; with the exception of three minor edits, this draft is the same as the published version, found on pages 204 of the book. An exceptional page from one of the most important books of the civil rights movement. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Martin Luther King, Jr Autograph Manuscript