18 December 2003
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JEROME SHOCHET
KING, Martin Luther, Jr. Why We Can't Wait. New York: Harper & Row, 1964. 8o, cloth-backed boards; dust jacket (worn and chipped, tape repairs), a few small stains; telephone number on rear endpaper.
AN EXCEPTIONAL ASSOCIATION COPY, WARMLY INSCRIBED TO JAMES FARMER, CO-FOUNDER OF THE CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY FIRST EDITION. BOLDLY INSCRIBED by King in ink on front free endpaper TO CORE CO-FOUNDER JAMES FARMER (1920-1999): "To my good friend James Farmer whose creative and dedicated leadership in the civil rights struggle will remain an inspiration for generations yet unborn, Martin." Farmer long pre-dated King as a civil rights activist. A co-founder of the Congress of Racial Equality while a student in the early 1940s, he engaged in sit-down protests at lunch counters and other public facilities long before those non-violent tactics received widespread attention in the 1960s. In 1961, Farmer organized the famous--and dangerous--"Freedom Rides" that successfully challenged segregation in southern inter-state bus transportation. King's book appeared at just the moment when the civil rights movement was achieving its great legislative breakthrough with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. King's career was cut short only four years later, but Farmer carried on the struggle for civil rights the remainder of his long life. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.
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