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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 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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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. The book also includes the Letter from Birmingham Jail.
About the Author
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929–1968), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was among the twentieth century’s most influential figures. One of the greatest orators in U.S. history, King is the author of several books, including Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story
(Beacon / 0069-4 / $14.00 pb), Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
(Beacon / 0067-0 / $14.00 pb),
and The Trumpet of Conscience
(Beacon / 0071-7 / $22.00 hc).
His speeches, sermons, and writings are inspirational and timeless. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.
Dorothy Cotton was the education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked closely with Dr. King on teaching nonviolence and citizenship education.
Clayborne Carson, general editorial advisor to the King Legacy, is the founding director of the King Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
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
IV New 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