Why We Can't Wait
ISBN: 0451527534
EAN13: 9780451527530
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 1, 2000
Pages: 166
Dimensions: 0.91" H x 7.4" L x 4.29" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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Dr. King's best-selling account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham during the spring and summer of 1963

On April 16, 1963, as the violent events of the Birmingham campaign unfolded in the city's streets, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., composed a letter from his prison cell in response to local religious leaders' criticism of the campaign. The resulting piece of extraordinary protest writing, Letter from Birmingham Jail, was widely circulated and published in numerous periodicals. After the conclusion of the campaign and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, King further developed the ideas introduced in the letter in Why We Can't Wait, which tells the story of African American activism in the spring and summer of 1963. During this time, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States, but the campaign launched by King, Fred Shuttlesworth, and others demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action.

Often applauded as King's most incisive and eloquent book, Why We Can't Wait recounts the Birmingham campaign in vivid detail, while underscoring why 1963 was such a crucial year for the civil rights movement. Disappointed by the slow pace of school desegregation and civil rights legislation, Read More chevron_right

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   One of the best books I've ever read
One of the best books I ever read! I have been purchasing books on black history to get a firm idea of what really happened since this information is not taught in school. The details about how each event was perfectly calculated to have the most effect is the most interesting thing about this book for me. Such an inspiration and I have learned so much, buy this book and educate yourself.
This book will expose and explain all the American history that is deliberately withheld from the school curriculum. If you read this book, you will suddenly become aware of why modern day society reached its epidemic levels. This book will propel you into activism. We have to be concerned for all humanity. After reading this book, my life is forever changed!
It saddens me to say this, but until I read this book, Dr. King was a man I had little knowledge of. I knew that he was an important figure in American history. But I must admit that before reading this book, I had no idea how important he was. I read this book because it was a required read for a college course. I thought it would be just another boring read, but once I got through the introduction, I could not put it down. His impact was not limited to the black people in America ; it extended across the world. Great man, good book, it is just sad that he was a killer before he could see all the changes he started making.
   Poor condition
This book was described in a worse condition than described. Fortunately, the reason I bought it was to paint a custom cover and give it as a gift. I was able to correct most of the flaws, but it was not worth the price.
The book ThIs is totally relevant for today. Dr. King offers a realistic and simple strategy to address race relations in America. We will honestly go forward into the future, willing to face the truth? and correct it NOW!!!
   Right Time
It speaks to the state of where we are now as a nation. We have come so far, but there is still so much more work to be done. It is amazing how the words on this page speak to the modern-day.
   Read Now!
We are going through unprecedented times, think we are. I say yes and no. This is what you read : In the words of an active man, a man who believes in the power of prayer, Bask also demonstrates a degree of spiritual non-violence at the exact right time. We must continue in the fight, we must not backtrack to the days before the passage of the three major civil rights bills.
   Good read.
This easy read was thoroughly enjoyed. I read a book in a day hardly ever, but this one was super easy to finish. I wish I had the chance to meet this amazing man.
   Long live the King
Dr. King writes a powerful memoir of one of the most seminal moments in the fight for Civil Rights in the USA, Brimingham. The advice in this book is in a way remarkable relevant to the fight for economic equality and basic human right in the United States.
   I can't recommend Why We Can't Wait highly enough
A truly remarkable work by a fine man, Martin Luther King, who engaged in the revolution through the principles of direct nonviolent action. This is necessary reading for anyone who wants to learn more about the civil rights events of the 1960s.