[Tokyo: The Simul Press; Charles E. Tuttle & Co., 1968]. ,214,pp. plus frontispiece. Publisher's salmon cloth, gilt. Presentation inscription by the translator on front flyleaf. Dust jacket with some minor soiling, one small tear to top edge of rear cover. Very good plus. Item #1155
Japanese translation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s final book, containing the important chapter on "Black Power." King's book is about non-violence in the face of growing black nationalism and militancy in the mid-1960s. "In his last book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967), King dismissed the claim of Black Power advocates 'to be the most revolutionary wing of the social revolution taking place in the United States,' but he acknowledged that they responded to a psychological need among African Americans he had not previously addressed. 'Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery,' King wrote. 'The Negro will only be truly free when he reaches down to the inner depths of his own being and signs with the pen and ink of assertive selfhood his own emancipation proclamation'" -- ANB. A nice copy of a scarce work, with a presentation inscription by the translator.