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The Montgomery Story. Address by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, and President of the Montgomery Improvement Association, Montgomery, Alabama, at 47th NAACP Annual Convention, Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, Wednesday, June 27, 1956, 6 P.M.
NAACP Annual Convention San Francisco: NAACP Annual Convention 1956. First edition. Five folio leaves mimeographed in blue ink on rectos only, and stapled in upper left-hand corner. Slight age-toning at extremities, else very near fine. A very rare copy of this extremely important address, almost certainly distributed at the event or very shortly thereafter, probably as a press release and the first printed version of this important speech, a watershed moment in the African-American struggle for Civil Rights and King's first success with nonviolent protest (it should be noted that some elements of the speech, such as a long quote from the Langston Hughes poem Mother to Son were not actually used by King in the speech, leading one to believe that these remarks were prepared before the address was actually given).A speech about what was then the ongoing Montgomery Bus Boycott that lasted from December 1955 until December 1956, and that launched both Dr. King and Rosa Parks (whom he references in the speech) into national prominence. The event was the first practical success of King's strategy of non-violent confrontations and civil disobedience, and this was arguably King's first major address. King's leadership of the Boycott also resulted in both his house being bombed and his arrest. The incident also formed the core of his first book Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story (1958). [Note: an offprint of an article entitled Our Struggle by King that had appeared in the April, 1956 issue of Liberation magazine, was later published by CORE with the title Our Struggle: The Story of Montgomery, but should not be confused with this address]. OCLC locates only two copies of this speech (University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan). Rare and significant.
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