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King, Martin Luther Jr. (1929-1968) Stride toward freedom: the Montgomery story

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03025 Author/Creator: King, Martin Luther Jr. (1929-1968) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Book signed Date: 1958 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Published by Harper & Brothers. Inscribed to Miss Charlotte Rosenbaum, a supporter, on the first flyleaf. Inscription states "In appreciation for your genuine humanitarian concern, and your great financial and moral support in the struggle to realize the American dream." Below the inscription, the date 22 November 1961 is written in a different hand than King's. Content discusses the boycott of Montgomery, Alabama's transit system to force the desegregation of city buses. Describes the organization of the boycott, active opposition from white groups in Montgomery, and the aftermath of the protest. Illustrated with photographs.

People: King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Rosenbaum, Charlotte, fl. 1961.

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: Civil Rights, African American Author, African American History, Women's History, Transportation, Civil Rights Movement

Sub Era: The Civil Rights Movement The Fifties