Dr. King’s best-selling account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham during the spring and summer of 1963
Often applauded as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’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. During this time, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States, but the campaign launched by Fred Shuttlesworth, King, and others demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action. 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.
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."
“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