Sought-after ballpoint signature, “With Best Wishes, Martin Luther King,” on an off-white 3 x 1.25 slip. Expertly double-matted and framed with a portrait of the civil rights leader to an overall size of 10.5 x 14.25. In fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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Historically significant autograph manuscript in pencil, one page on the reverse of a sheet of Montgomery Improvement Association, Inc. letterhead, 8.5 x 11, no date but circa 1957–1958. King continues drafting a portion of his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. In full: “of whom have been active in white citizens councils. The existence of these conditions within the ranks of labor reveals that the job is a continuing one. The AFL-CIO must use all of the powerful forces at its command to enforce the principles it has professed. Labor leaders must continue to recognize that labor has a great stake in the struggle for civil rights, if only because the forces that are anti Negro are usually anti-labor too. The current attacks on organized labor because of the misdeed of a few malefactors should not blind us to labor’s essential role in the present crisis.” Two light circular stains near the top, otherwise fine condition.
Published in 1958, King’s first book, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, chronicled the planning, events, and aftermath of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance, the year-long Montgomery bus boycott. A comprehensive and insightful account, the book traced the journey of a community and highlighted King’s transformative devotion to equality and non-violence. 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 204–205 of the book. Highlighting King’s motivation to secure labor rights for all—knowing the civil rights movement was inseparably connected with the labor movement, which would enable black Americans to achieve economic freedom—this is a remarkable draft from one of the most important books of the civil rights movement. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Highly desirable vintage ballpoint signature, “Best wishes, Martin Luther King, Jr.,” on an off-white 5.5 x 7.5 sheet. Nicely triple-cloth-matted and framed to an overall size of 22 x 15. Intersecting folds passing through the signature and light overall creases, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original collector, who notes that he obtained this in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1963. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Credit card receipt for King’s American Express, 4.75 x 3, dated October 12, 1963, for a charge of $87.38 at the Hyatt House Hotel in Los Angeles, California, signed at the bottom in blue ballpoint, “Martin L. King, Jr.” In fine condition, with a couple cancellation holes to signature, diagonal crease to lower right, expected carbon marks, and an authentication label affixed to right side. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Highly desirable vintage ballpoint signature, “Best wishes, Martin Luther King, Jr.,” on an off-white 5.75 x 7.75 sheet. Matted and framed to an overall size of 10.5 x 12.25. Intersecting folds passing through the signature and overall creases, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original collector, who notes that he obtained this in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1963. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
TLS signed “Martin L. King, Jr,” one page, 7.25 x 10.5, personal letterhead, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, October 9, 1959. Letter to Rev. David B. Parke, of The Unitarian Church, Peterborough, New Hampshire. In full: “On returning to the office I found your letter of September 16, on my desk again inviting me to speak in New Hampshire for the Interchurch Lenten Program. I have checked my schedule and discovered that March 12, 1961 will be the best available date for me. I am engaged elsewhere on the other suggested dates. If this meets your approval you may write me a note and I will be more than happy to place the date on my calendar. Thank you so much for extending the invitation. I am looking forward with great anticipation to being with you.” Matted and framed with a portrait of King and a printed biography to an overall size of 21.5 x 20.25. In fine, clean condition.
Seven weeks after he wrote this letter, on November 29, 1959, King announced his resignation as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. The departure followed his decision to concentrate on the civil rights movement and his relocation to Atlanta to direct the activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In a subsequent interview in Jet magazine, King stressed that moving from Montgomery was not a withdrawal from the movement. “Actually, I will be involved in it on a larger scale. I can’t stop now. History has thrust something upon me from which I cannot turn away,” he was quoted as saying. An early letter as King embarked on the course history had set for him. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.