Philadelphia: American Friends Service Committee, 1963.
First edition, first printing dated May, 1963. Bound in publisher's original printed stapled wraps, 16 pp., including wrappers. Near Fine with light wrinkling toward bottom, light creasing and light wear. King was imprisoned for participating in nonviolent demonstrations against segregation. From his jail cell in Birmingham, while the situation intensified outside on the city streets, he composed a letter in response to the city's local religious leaders' criticism of the campaign. Mimeographed copies of the letter were originally circulated, and papers such as the New York Times declined to print it. However, within days, several papers ran excerpts of the letter without King's consent, and shorty after the American Friends Service Committee received permission from King to publish this here first separate edition. Item #140941981