Hard Cover. New York: Harper & Row, 1967. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Review copy. Original publisher's cloth, dust jacket with photographic image to front cover, lettered in black, gray and red. Fine in an about fine unclipped with only a slight trace of rubbing to the extremities. In the last book he published before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) reflects on the civil rights movement and the next steps towards justice and economic freedom for African Americans. A Christian minister known for his efforts as a civil rights leader and proponent of nonviolent protest, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and continues to be regarded as an influential figure and symbol of anti-racism movements in the United States. In Where Do We Go From Here, he advocates for a united effort to combat issues of racial and economic inequality through better jobs, wages, housing, and education, even calling for a guaranteed income to reduce dependence on welfare, a concept that is still debated decades later. Interestingly, King wrote his first draft of the book while staying in a rented home in Jamaica in 1967, isolated from the ongoing demands of the civil rights movement, without even a telephone. The message of the book is one of hope, and one that demands radical change from a country seeking to provide justice for all of its people.