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Why We Can't Wait

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why We Can't Wait
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Category: Social Science - African-American Studies; Social Science - Discrimination & Race Relations; Political Science - Civil Rights
Imprint: Beacon Press
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: January 2011
Price: $14.00
Can. Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0112-7 (0-8070-0112-0)
Pages: 256
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.



 
Dr. King’s best-selling account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham during the spring and summer of 1963

In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States, but the campaign launched by Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 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. King examines the history of the civil rights struggle and the tasks that future generations must accomplish to bring about full equality. The book also includes the extraordinary “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which King wrote in April of 1963.

“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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