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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Impressive magazine cover from the January 3, 1964 issue of Time’s Man of the Year magazine, 8.25 x 11, featuring a distinguished image of King, signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint, “To my Friend, Chuck Stone, With Best Wishes and Warm Personal Regards, Martin Luther King, Jr.” Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 15.5 x 18. In very good condition, with handling wear to borders (most noticeably scuffing to upper left corner); the front cover is still attached to its original back cover by pieces of small clear tape and the back cover has been permanently affixed to the mat. None of this detracts from the overall presentability of this spectacular piece. Only a handful of MLK signed Times covers have been offered for sale, and this particular example is just about the best condition you will find, with the usual obstructing mailing label not present. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.
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A Hertz rental car pamphlet, 3.5 x 8, signed and inscribed at the top in blue ballpoint, “To Roy, Best wishes, Martin Luther King.” A notation on the reverse, now obscured by framing, dates the signature to February 2, 1968. Handsomely double-matted and framed with a portrait of the civil rights leader to an overall size of 15 x 14.5. Various ballpoint notations at the top and very subtle foxing, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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.
Signed book: Stride Toward Freedom. First edition. NY: Harper and Row, 1958. Hardcover with original dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.25, 230 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page, “To Philip Linton Oxnam, With Best Wishes, Martin Luther King, Jr.” Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG+/VG.
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.