Why We Can't Wait

By Martin Luther King, Jr.,

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'He changed the course of history' Barack Obama

'Lightning makes no sound until it strikes'

This is the momentous story of the Civil Rights movement, told by one of its most powerful and eloquent voices. Here Martin Luther King, Jr. recounts the pivotal events in the city of Birmingham, Alabama…

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Why We Can't Wait is an easy way to get into the psychology of MLK. It is a 1964 book by Martin Luther King Jr. about the nonviolent movement against racial segregation in the United States, and specifically the 1963 Birmingham campaign. The way it is written makes it understandable from a 1:1 perspective. I am connected to this because it helps a person be actionable in their own way about causes they care about. No frills, just action!

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So many people quote Dr. King’s words without ever having read them in context. This book which not only chronicles the 1963 Birmingham Campaign, but articulates the reasons for the Civil Rights Movement, helped me to reframe King, understanding him both as a man of faith and a political radical. It contains “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” a masterpiece of American writing.

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