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Why We Can't Wait (Mentor) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1964
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“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.”—Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
About the Author
Martin Luther King, Jr., was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son and grandson of pastors. He graduated from Morehouse College and Crozer Theological Seminary, becoming at age 25 pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He subsequently earned his Ph.D. from Boston University. In 1957 he and other civil rights leaders founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization he led until his death. A proponent of Gandhian principles of non-violence, he led many protests and demonstrations for civil rights, including the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 29, 1963, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, he continued to fight for civil rights, the eradication of poverty and the end of the Vietnam War. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN.
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., is the founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, an organization committed to fighting for social, political, and economic justice for people of all races, genders, and creeds. A two-time candidate for President of the United States, Rev. Jackson has been called the “conscience of the nation.” Rev. Jackson is also renowned for his efforts around the world to spread the promise of democracy, human rights, and peace. Rev. Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, reside in Chicago and are the proud parents of five children.
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This book will thrust you into activism. Dr. King was an intellectual far beyond his years. We have to be concerned with all humanity. My life is changed forever after reading this book!
This book is a straight forward detailing of the summer of 1963 in Birmingham, AL and the 'peaceful' marches that won the black community the attention they needed for the laws already on the books to be enforced giving them equality. It is written profoundly and without hate in it's context.
I believe, if Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would be the next truest candidate for the Presidency of the United States. The man spoke true and with God in his heart and loved all man kind.
It's a great read to understand the times and struggles but also a great eye opener to the ideals behind winning with nonviolent actions.
Martin could of lived a comfortable life but he saw injustice everywhere and he did something about it! My life and millions like me are better off because of this man! This book explains his view points in beautiful detail and why he couldn't stop the march to progress. His life and unfortunate death opened the way for any oppressed group to recieve equal treatment under the law. This isn't just black history; this is American history!!
While I had expected the intellectual aspect of the book, I was delightfully surprised by the beauty of the actual writing! The entire book had a feeling of prose to me. For those who don't generally enjoy non-fiction, this book is a really pleasant read, which might seem akin to a historical novel.
The events came alive and I remembered how amazing those times were. I read this for MLK Day 2013, and it was a perfect way to commemorate the occasion!
(This really should be required reading in school...)
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a beautiful edition
This book is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's. (1929-1968) well-written defense of the Civil Rights Movement.Read more
I highly recommend to anyone looking for a historical, and captivating perspective of the Civil Rights movement.Read more