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King, Martin Luther Jr. (1929-1968) [Why we can't wait, inscribed to Libby Holman Reynolds Shanker]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05824 Author/Creator: King, Martin Luther Jr. (1929-1968) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Book signed Date: 1964 Pagination: 1 v. : 178 p. : ill. ; 22 x 14.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Published by Harper and Row. Inscription to Shanker, a singer and activist, states "To my Friend ... In appreciation for your genuine goodwill, your great humanitarian concern and your unswerving devotion to the cause of freedom and justice." Contains a sticker on the inner front cover containing the words "Ex Libris Libby Holman Reynolds" and the printed image of a house. Illustrated with photographs. Text advocates using nonviolent protest to obtain civil rights, and explains why he believes 1963 has been a time ripe for change in America. Considers many of the social, political and cultural forces he sees influencing the simultaneous eruption of civil rights protest across America. Duplicate of GLC03026.

People: King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Holman, Libby, d. 1971

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: Black AuthorAfrican American HistoryCivil Rights

Sub Era: The Sixties

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