Why We Can't Wait

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In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launched the Civil Rights movement and demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action. Why We Can't Wait recounts not only the Birmingham campaign, but also examines the history of the civil rights struggle and the tasks that future generations must accomplish to bring about full equality for African Americans. Dr. King's eloquent analysis of these events propelled the Civil Rights movement from lunch counter sit-ins and prayer marches to ...
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In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launched the Civil Rights movement and demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action. Why We Can't Wait recounts not only the Birmingham campaign, but also examines the history of the civil rights struggle and the tasks that future generations must accomplish to bring about full equality for African Americans. Dr. King's eloquent analysis of these events propelled the Civil Rights movement from lunch counter sit-ins and prayer marches to the forefront of the American consciousness.

With a special new afterword by The Reverend Jesse Jackson.
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Now, King stands resolutely in the public's mind, a moral force for the ages. Back in the day, his call to justice was a thorny issue. This book caused a stir when originally published, challenging leaders of white and black America to act. For King, the experiences in Birmingham were a crucible for the nation.
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“No child should graduate from high school without having read this book. In telling the story of the third American Revolution, it is as integral to American history as the Declaration of Independence.”—Jesse Jackson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321026002
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997

Meet the Author

Martin Luther King, Jr., was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son and grandson of pastors. He graduated from Morehouse College and Crozer Theological Seminary, becoming at age 25 pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He subsequently earned his Ph.D. from Boston University. In 1957 he and other civil rights leaders founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization he led until his death. A proponent of Gandhian principles of non-violence, he led many protests and demonstrations for civil rights, including the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 29, 1963, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, he continued to fight for civil rights, the eradication of poverty and the end of the Vietnam War. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN.

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., is the founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, an organization committed to fighting for social, political, and economic justice for people of all races, genders, and creeds. A two-time candidate for President of the United States, Rev. Jackson has been called the “conscience of the nation.” Rev. Jackson is also renowned for his efforts around the world to spread the promise of democracy, human rights, and peace. Rev. Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, reside in Chicago and are the proud parents of five children.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Dorothy Cotton ix

1964 Introduction Martin Luther King 1

I The Negro Revolution-Why 1963? 5

II The Sword That Heals 21

III Bull Connor's Birmingham 47

IV New Day in Birmingham 63

V Letter from Birmingham Jail 85

VI Black and White Together 111

VII The Summer of Our Discontent 129

VIII The Days to Come 149

Selected Bibliography 183

Index 185

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2007

    A necessity for the American reader

    This book, which intimately captures the tactics and tensions of the Civil Rights Movement, is easily one of the most compelling arguments for social equality in all of American political writing.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Allie

    Ok wait not slow i wann marry u jimmy:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Laine's Review:  ¿No person has the right to rain on your dream

    Laine's Review: 

    “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” 

    “Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power;
    religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values.
    The two are not rivals.” 

    “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” 

    And the famous......

    “I Had a Dream....”

    And can never forget.....

    "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last."

    ¿If you don't know the voice to these quotes then you need to either go back to school or locate your library
    as quick as you can. The visionist who, with courage, spoke these words to the ears of every person on the
    planet. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. as you know is well known for his speaking for civil rights
    movement in the time when folks didn't "get along well with other" because of the skin color. Back in the day
    it was unheard of for White folk and Black folks could be seen together in a public place; for them to sit
    casually in a resturant and just eat breakfast. Today...we hardly ever have this problem. Kids in school can
    understand what their teachers mean by "segregated" "racial differences". To fully understand what really
    happened back in the day, what took place and how the "people" felt it's always best to go to a non-fiction book.
    And I, as your librarian, have the perfect book for the young minds that are trying to understand who, what,
    where when and the why. Why We Can't Wait by the man himself, Martin Luther King Jr.

    Why We Can't Wait talks about the Birmingham, Alabama (which was well known as the most racially
    segregated city in the United States at that time) druing the 1963 which was a very crucial year for the civil
    rights movement. King demonstrated with many other outspoken people to the world the power of nonviolent
    direct action by examining the history of the civil rights struggle and the tasks that furture generations (like us)
    must accomplish to bring about full equality.

    The other reason why this book is perfect for young minds trying to understand what went on during that
    time frame is that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote most of this book was written along with a "Letter from
    Birmingham Jail" King wrote in April of 1963. Trying to get inside the mind of one of the great outspoken
    leaders of our time? Try your local library and ask about Martin Luther King Jr. You might find something
    you weren't even looking for!!! 

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    Posted February 11, 2013

    Allie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

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    AMAZING! I LOVE DR KING!

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