King inscribes Stride Toward Freedom to a nurse who helped save his life

On September 20 1958 King was signing his newly released book at Blumsteins Dept. Store in Harlem when a crazy woman stabbed him in the chest with a letter opener. The wound was so close to his aorta that had he coughed or sneezed enroute to the hospital he would have died. Fortunately he made a full recovery and became a legend.