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Why We Can't Wait

by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mar­tin Luther King’s clas­sic explo­ration of the events and forces behind the Civ­il Rights Move­ment — includ­ing his Let­ter from Birm­ing­ham Jail, April 161963.

There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer will­ing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.”

In 1963, Birm­ing­ham, Alaba­ma, was per­haps the most racial­ly seg­re­gat­ed city in the Unit­ed States. The cam­paign launched by Dr. Mar­tin Luther King, Jr., and the Civ­il Rights move­ment on the seg­re­gat­ed streets of Birm­ing­ham demon­strat­ed to the world the pow­er of non­vi­o­lent direct action. 

In this remark­able book — win­ner of the Nobel Peace Prize — Dr. King recounts the sto­ry of Birm­ing­ham in vivid detail, trac­ing the his­to­ry of the strug­gle for civ­il rights back to its begin­nings three cen­turies ago and look­ing to the future, assess­ing the work to be done beyond Birm­ing­ham to bring about full equal­i­ty for African Amer­i­cans. Above all, Dr. King offers an elo­quent and pen­e­trat­ing analy­sis of the events and pres­sures that pro­pelled the Civ­il Rights move­ment from lunch counter sit-ins and prayer march­es to the fore­front of Amer­i­can con­scious­ness.

Since its pub­li­ca­tion in the 1960s, Why We Can’t Wait has become an indis­putable clas­sic. Now, more than ever, it is an endur­ing tes­ta­ment to the wise and coura­geous vision of Mar­tin Luther King, Jr.

Includes pho­tographs and an After­word by Rev­erend Jesse L. Jack­son, Sr.

2000

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