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Why We Can't Wait


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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 perhapsthe 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 directaction.

Often applauded as King's most incisive and eloquent book, "Why We Can't Wait "recounts the Birmingham campaign in vivid detail, whileunderscoring 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. Thebook also includes the extraordinary "Letter from Birmingham Jail," which King wrote in April of 1963.

About the Author

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of the greatest orators in U.S. history. The author of several books, including Stride Toward Freedom (Beacon / 0069-4 / $14.00 pb), Where Do We Go from Here (Beacon / 0067-0 / $14.00 pb), and The Trumpet of Conscience (Beacon / 0071-7 / $22.00 hc), King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

Dorothy Cotton is the former education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and she worked closely with Dr. King on teaching nonviolence and citizenship education.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Dorothy Cotton

1964 Introduction by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I The Negro Revolution—Why 1963?

II The Sword That Heals 21

III Bull Connor’s Birmingham 47

IVNew 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

Selected Bibliography


Product Details

Beacon Press
History : United States - 20th Century
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
King Jr, Martin Luther
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - African American Studies -
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rig
Social Science : Discrimination & Racism
Publication Date:
January 2011

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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