New York: Harper & Row, 1963. 8vo. xii, 146 pages including index. Original cloth; printed dust jacket. A fine copy in a very good, unclipped jacket, with light wear and rubbing. Item #405969
FIRST EDITION, with stamped facsimile signed inscription "Best wishes, Martin Luther King, Jr." in blue ink. Presumably a presentation copy distributed by the author or publisher, as other copies are known with the same stamp, also in blue ink.
Additionally inscribed by Emily and Kivie Kaplan "To the Rothmans – with best wishes for success in the fight for justice. / Emily and Kivie." Kivie Kaplan was a leader of Reform Judaism and an executive of Boston’s Colonial Tanning Company. He had established an acquaintance with Dr. King while a student in Boston and remained a close family friend. Kaplan joined the NAACP in 1932 and later succeeded Arthur Spingarn as president of the group, serving from 1966 until his death in 1975. King sent Kaplan a telegram in January 1966 to congratulate Kaplan's election: "I can think of no one better suited for this high responsibility. Your penetrating vision, your creative resources and energies, and your profound dedication to the cause of freedom and justice superbly equip you to serve as president of our largest and most influential civil rights organization. May god bless you as your continue your great work" (The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives).
In his tenure, Kaplan traveled the country selling lifetime NAACP memberships, which grew from 221 to over 53,000. Kaplan marched with King in Selma, and they were jailed together several times, including during the Freedom Summer when he went to Mississippi to register African American voters. A fine association copy.
'Strength to Love' is King's second book, collecting his sermons on racial segregation in the United States and espousing his ideal of agape: the highest form of love.