Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

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Beacon Press, Jan 1, 2010 - History - 232 pages
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The classic story of nonviolent resistance in America-The Montgomery bus boycott-written by Martin Luther King, Jr.

In early 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., set out to write about the Montgomery bus boycott. King described his book as "the chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principals of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth."

Released the next year, Stride Toward Freedomwas lauded by the general public and literary critics, often labeled "must reading." Unavailable for almost a decade, King's unparalleled historical account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America is now must reading for a new generation of readers. In this revolutionary work, King shares ideas of the thinkers, like Gandhi, who profoundly influenced him, and why.

Martin Luther King's early words return to us today with enormous power, as profoundly true, as wise and inspiring now as it was when he wrote them fifty years ago.
-Howard Zinn

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About the author (2010)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was among the twentieth century's most influential figures. One of the greatest orators in U.S. history, King is the author of several books, including Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, The Trumpet of Conscience, Why We Can't Wait, and Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? His speeches, sermons, and writings are inspirational and timeless. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

Clayborne Carson is professor of history at Stanford University, the founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, and director of the King Papers Project. The author and editor of numerous books, he is general editorial advisor to The King Legacy and lives in Palo Alto, California.