Why We Can't Wait

Martin Luther King’s classic exploration of the events and forces behind the Civil Rights Movement—including his Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.

“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.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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28 Jan 2000
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Never heard Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King speak this way!
Think we are going through unprecedented times? I say both yes and no. Read this. Bask in the words of an educated man, a man who believes in the power of prayer but also if active non-violence at the exact right moment. We must continue forward in the fight, we must not backtrack to the days before the passage of the three major civil rights bills.
Amazing and sad that this book could have been written yesterday.
I thoroughly enjoyed this easy read. I hardly ever finish a book in a day, but this one was super easy to read.
I wish I had had the chance to meet this amazing man.
This collection of essays from Dr Martin Luther King is in turn, challenging, amazing, and sad. It makes me want to DO something. The last section on where to go is the saddest part because none of him predictions for the future have come true yet.
Good read page turner
Much of the power in the words in this book come from timing. The time of the events juxtaposed to politics and thinking of Martin L. King jr. contemporaries make this book historic and prophetic. Reading it can be transformative. The respect and admiration for the non-violent civil rights movement can grow in those whom are inclined too.
Dr. King writes a powerful memoir of one of the most seminal moments in the struggle for civil rights in USA, Brimingham. He uses this one point in their struggle to make a compelling case for non-violent action and why it is the most powerful weapon to be wielded by the oppressed, the African-Americans in this case. The advice laid out in this book in remarkable pertinent to the struggle for economic equality and basic human right in the USA.
Excellent read.
Love this collection of writings from MLK, Jr. They're very inspiring!
I read this book many years ago and enjoyed reading it again
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