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Martin Luther King Autograph Quotation in His Book – “The strong man is the man who can stand up for his rights and not hit back”
Martin Luther King autograph in his book, “Stride Toward Freedom” where King writes: “The strong man is the man who can stand up for his rights and not hit back. Martin Luther King, Jr. (signed)” Stated first edition book contains “H-H” on the copyright page, confirming true first printing. Original dustjacket shows price of $2.95 to inner front flap; “8471A” and “8472A” appear to lower front and rear inner flaps respectively. Narration to front inner flap of dustjacket begins “They strode to freedom…” In fine condition with dustjacket. Only one small flaw being a taped upper right corner on the first page. The best ever Martin Luther King autograph in his books. Sold for $27,870.
Martin Luther King Autograph Dedication in His Book – “your willingness to suffer and be persecuted for righteousness sake, and your unswerving devotion to the ideals of freedom and justice for all”
Martin Luther King autograph in his book “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story”. New York: Harper & Brothers: 1958. Inscription to the British humanitarian Reverend Michael Scott reads…To Michael Scott / In appreciation for your great Christian witness, your broad humanitarian concern, your willingness to suffer and be persecuted for righteousness sake, and your unswerving devotion to the ideals of freedom and justice for all. With warm Regards, Martin L. King Jr.”. “Stride Toward Freedom” was Dr. King’s first book, published three years after he led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. The book documents significant events of the burgeoning Civil Rights movement and is illustrated with several black and white photographs, including an iconic photograph of Rosa Parks being fingerprinted and one of an almost-empty bus during the height of the protest. Octavo hardcover runs 230pp. with original blue boards, black backstrip, silver lettering to spine and round silver publisher’s monogram to lower corner of upper cover. Top and bottom edges of backstrip bumped. Corners slightly worn. Dustjacket spine is faded and contains a stain to the upper portion. Dustjacket edges chipped and slightly torn; foxing and wear to back and front. Dustjacket fair; book itself excellent condition. Lengthy personal Martin Luther King autograph inscriptions such as this are exceedingly rare making this an exceptional piece in very good condition. Sold for $19,036.
Martin Luther King Autograph Speech Accepting the NAACP 1957 Spingarn Medal for the Montgomery Bus Boycott — ”…it is ultimately more honorable to walk in dignity than ride in humiliation…”
Martin Luther King autograph acceptance speech for his leadership in the historic Montgomery bus boycott. King boldly signs the first page of the speech, Best Wishes / To Ruth / M.L. King Jr.” on 28 June 1957, the day he accepted the Spingarn Medal, an annual award bestowed by the NAACP for outstanding achievement by an African American. Its recipients include Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and Rosa Parks, the woman who ignited the boycott that would result in the 1956 Supreme Court decision declaring bus segregation unconstitutional. King’s 14 page speech is an inspiration to all those who grow impatient with the speed of justice and question the best route to get there. It reads in part,
”…This is an honor that I will cherish so long as the chords of memory shall lengthen…In accepting this award I would like to feel that you are really honoring the 50,000 Negro citizens of Montgomery, Alabama, who more than a year ago came to see that it is ultimately more honorable to walk in dignity than ride in humiliation…” Bold Martin Luther King autograph at the bottom. In fine condition. Sold for $18,750.
Martin Luther King Signed Speech Accepting the NAACP 1957 Spingarn Medal for the Montgomery Bus Boycott — ”…it is ultimately more honorable to walk in dignity than ride in humiliation…” / Click above for larger image.
Martin Luther King Autograph on His Record Album of “The Great March on Washington” — With PSA/DNA COA
Martin Luther King, autograph on his record of the speeches recorded at the “March on Washington” on 28 August 1963. Album cover is inscribed by King, “Best wishes / Martin Luther King” in black felt tip. Album is Motown Records’ 1963 release, “The Great March on Washington”, featuring Liz Lands’ civil rights movement anthem, “We Shall Overcome” as well as speeches delivered by King and other civil rights leaders. Toning and edge wear to cover, else near fine. With certificate of authenticity from PSA/DNA certifying the authenticity of this Martin Luther King autograph. Sold for $17,490.
Martin Luther King Autograph Letter — With Incredible Content — “…southern Negro students launched a mass offensive that is cracking the walls of segregation…”
Martin Luther King autograph letter unsigned, circa 1960. Five page letter is written in a stenographic notebook addressed simply, “Dear Friend” and discusses MLK’s desire to raise funds for the growing Southern Leadership Conference, the cornerstone to his movement. He cites three specific conflicts in the movement at that time. Reads in full: “This is a form letter. But I want you to know that it is as serious and personal as anything I have ever written. It is an appeal for your support for the southern freedom struggle. Therefore, I hope you will read every word of this letter with deep and sympathetic concern. In recent months, three developments have combined to create a civil rights crisis of historic depth and magnitude: First, southern Negro students launched a mass offensive that is cracking the walls of segregation. These courageous young students have given to America a glowing example of disciplined non-violent action. In retaliation, the Southern racists have expelled them from schools, arrested and jailed them, inflicted them with heavy fines, and inflicted violence upon them. Second, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is spearheading a crusade to bring hundreds of thousands of new votes into the 1960 election. The success of this campaign would, we are convinced, be one of the most important steps for winning the Negroes’ equal rights in America. Third, as the student sit-ins and voting crusades struggled on with grim determination, a vicious attack was directed against me personally. With calculation, the state of Alabama indicted me on obviously false charges of perjury. When they moved to aid me, four of my ministerial colleagues were also struck by the state. Their names having appeared on an advertisement in the New York Times appealing for funds on my behalf and the students. Ralph Abernathy, Fred Shuttlesworth, Rev. Joe E. Lowery, and S.S. Seay are being sued by the City Commission of Montgomery and the governor of Alabama for 2 1/2 million dollars for libel. All of these developments have placed upon the shoulders of our young but determined organization tremendous financial responsibilities. We are constantly called upon to assist the students in financing their heroic movement. As you probably know the famous Conference of student leaders held at the University was sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership conference.” King then writes a list to himself of reminders, including to send a telegram to the NAACP, to check for flight schedules, to call Bayard Rustin with regard to a party, etc. The rest of the notebook has reminders to King, Jr. of people he needs to call back, etc., not in his hand. Stenographic notebook measures 6″ x 9.5″ with some toning, else near fine condition. From the Maude Ballou Civil Rights Papers. Better than a Martin Luther King autograph letter signed. Sold for $16,200.
Martin Luther King Autograph Copy of His Nobel Peace Prize Program — The First We Have Seen With No Auction Records of Any Previously and Possibly the Only One Extant
Martin Luther King autograph in his program for the 10 December 1964 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, signed by King during the reception held in his honor at the American Embassy in Oslo, Norway. King, at 35 the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, signs ”Martin Luther King” on the front cover of the program. Elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, an organization to provide new leadership for the burgeoning civil rights movement, King based his ideals for this organization on Christian principles and nonviolent methods of Mahatma Gandhi. As the symbolic leader of the movement to end racial segregation and discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means, he was singled out by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to receive the Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement. The card style program, in Norwegian, listing music to be performed, including a selection from Gershwin’s ”Porgy and Bess,” and the names of speakers, including King, measures approximately 5.5” x 7.5”. Light foxing, else near fine. A moving tribute to American hero, Martin Luther King. Dark Martin Luther King autograph. Sold for $14,032.
Incredible Martin Luther King Autograph Draft Handwritten Pages For ”Stride Toward Freedom” — Detailing the Momentous Rosa Parks Incident — ”…they agreed that the Negroes should boycott the buses…”
Martin Luther King Autograph on a Typed Letter Thanking a Supporter After His Imprisonment in Albany, Georgia — “…during my recent period of incarceration…I am convinced the the barriers of segregation will be removed…”
Martin Luther King autograph on a typed letter dated 15 August 1962, just after his release from prison in Albany, Georgia. Written upon Southern Christian Leadership Conference letterhead, King writes to Ms. Dorothy Riggle. In full, “This is just a note to acknowledge receipt of your very kind letter and encouraging words during my recent period of incarceration in Albany, Georgia. Such moral support and expressions of concern are of inestimable value for the continuance of my humble efforts. The Albany situation is a difficult one, but we are consoled by the fact that some little progress is being made, and I am convinced that the barriers of segregation will be removed in that Southwest Georgia community in the not too distant future. I do hope that our efforts in Albany and other communities across the South will speed up the day when the American dream will become a reality and all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. Very truly yours, Martin Luther King, Jr.” King had been released from prison in Albany in July 1962 after the Police Chief discreetly paid his fine, not wanting negative publicity from the arrest of peaceful protesters. King wrote of the incident, “We had witnessed persons being kicked off lunch counter stools…ejected from churches…and thrown into jail…But for the first time, we witnessed being kicked out of jail.” 8.5″ x 11″ letter is near fine condition with usual mailing folds. Original transmittal envelope included, postmarked 21 August 1962 from Atlanta, Georgia. Upon the envelope’s verso is written “Clipping sent – 8/28/62 / Thoreau, Gandhi, King.” Nice Martin Luther King autograph. Sold for $7,151.
Martin Luther King Autograph on a Typed Letter
Martin Luther King autograph on a typed letter signed to leading African anti-apartheid fighter, Ronald Segal. Single page letter composed on Southern Christian Leadership Conference stationery and datelined Atlanta, 8 September 1965. In part: “I am in receipt of your kind letter inviting me to serve as a sponsor of your International Conference on Economic Sanctions against South Africa As you know, I am deeply concerned about the whole South African situation and I seek to support every creative effort to bring pressure against the governments of south Africa and South West Africa to end the long night of man’s inhumanity to man. For this reason I will be happy to serve as a sponsor of your conference” It was only fitting that King’s activism, so effective in America, should come home, so to speak, to South Africa, where Gandhi’s non-violent resistance struggle began. “More and more,” King told reporters in London in December 1964, en route to Stockholm and the Nobel Prize ceremony, “I have come to realize that racism is a world problem.” Ronald Segal, then editor of the Penguin African Library, was a native South African and a leading anti-apartheid fighter in that country. He fled to England in the aftermath of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, and the government’s crackdown on the ANC and other activists. He was the organizer of the International Conference on Economic Sanctions against South Africa. A fine association of King with a leading figure of the British and South African anti-apartheid movements. Letter measures 8.5″ x 11″. Slight toning to side edges. Overall excellent condition. Strong Martin Luther King autograph. Sold for $5,060.
Martin Luther King Autograph Lincoln Memorial Program From August 1963, After the March on Washington
Martin Luther King autograph on a Lincoln Memorial program. The great civil rights leader signs “Martin Luther King” in ink along the left edge of the program’s cover. According to a notarized LOA from the autograph’s recipient, Dr. King signed the program the day after the 28 August 1963 March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom. It was here he delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. 8pp. fold-out program measures 6″ x 8.5″. Scattered light staining and subtle wear to edges, else near fine. A touching and scarce piece honoring the two most influential civil rights heroes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Martin Luther King autograph contrast is not great. Sold for $4,915.
May 1961 Martin Luther King Autograph on a Typed Letter — “Our struggle is often difficult and the moments are often frustrating, but we gain new courage to carry on”
Martin Luther King autograph on his typed letter from Atlanta, Georgia dated 26 May 1961. Written just weeks after King led the Birmingham protests against segregation, touching off violent resistance. Letter composed on Ebenezer Baptist Church stationery to Mr. Charles O’Neill, boldly signed in blue ink. In part: “…Your encouraging words are of inestimable value in the continuance of our 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. It was kind of you to write…” One page measures 7.25″ x 10.5″. Accompanied by original transmittal envelope. Paperclip marks and mailing folds, otherwise fine condition. Dark Martin Luther King autograph. Sold for $4,595.
Martin Luther King Autograph in His Book “Why We Can’t Wait”
Martin Luther King autograph in his book “Why We Can’t Wait,” written by King as a call to action for “Freedom Now.” Harper & Row: New York: 1964. Inscribed by King on the front free endpaper, “To Daniel Scott / With Best Wishes / Martin Luther King, Jr.” Present with dustjacket showing original $3.50 purchase price. Chipping and general wear to dustjacket as well as a 1″ v-shaped tear to rear cover. Book is in near fine condition save for previous owner writing “D. Scott” to tail edge and his name and address above King’s inscription. Also included with lot is a program for an event on 10 August 1964 for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in Philadelphia, where King was the featured speaker, and ostensibly where this book was signed. An important landmark book in the Civil Rights movement, made all the more moving with King’s inscription. Bold Martin Luther King autograph. Sold for $4,000.
Martin Luther King Autograph on His 1957 ”Time” Magazine Cover
Martin Luther King autograph on the cover of the 18 February 1957 issue of ”Time” magazine, of which he was the cover story. In blue ink, the civil rights pioneer inscribes: ”Best Wishes / Martin L. King Jr.” beside his beautifully illustrated portrait. The headline reads simply, ”Montgomery, Alabama’s REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING”. Measures 7.75” x 11”. Mounted to a paper board. Light creasing to edges and an area of surface loss to lower right, likely from the removal of a mailing label. In very good condition. Rare Martin Luther King autograph. Sold for $3,775.
Original Martin Luther King Autograph Photo — Warmly Embracing a Counter Waitress, Sister Mary
Martin Luther King autograph on a photo. The Civil Rights hero smiles warmly as a waitress behind a restaurant counter clasps his hands while two gleeful children look on. He inscribes the countertop: “To Sister Mary / With Best Wishes / Martin Luther King Jr.” with green ink. Sister Mary, from Cleveland, opened the Sister Mary’s Smokehouse and was married to Ronald Bey, a purported racketeer for the Cleveland mob. 10″ x 8″ semi-matte photo is chipped to lower right and lightly creased. Some paper loss to verso. Overall very good condition. Excellent Martin Luther King autograph. Sold for $3,635.
If you are looking to auction, authenticate, buy, consign or sell a Martin Luther King autograph or a Martin Luther King autograph letter signed in our Martin Luther King autograph auction, please email [email protected] or call (310) 440-2982.