Why We Can't Wait

December 1, 1996

Why We Can't Wait

by Martin Luther King Jr.


Originally published in 1964

​​In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States. The campaign launched by the Civil Rights movement on the segregated streets of Birmingham demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action.


In this book, Dr. King recounts the story of Birmingham in detail, tracing the history of the struggle for civil rights back to its beginnings three centuries before and looking to the future, assessing the work to be done beyond Birmingham to bring about full equality for Americans. Dr. King offers and analysis of the events and pressures that propelled the Civil Rights movement from lunch counter sit-ins and prayer marches to the forefront of the American consciousness.


- adapted and revised from publisher


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