Why We Can't Wait (Mass Market Paperbound)
Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
"Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, 'Wait.' But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim...when you see the vast majority of twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky...when you take a cross-country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you...when...your wife and mother are never given the respected title 'Mrs.'...when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of 'nobodiness'--then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair."
"Why We Can't Wait "
Martin Luther King's Classic Exploration of the events and forces behind the Civil Rights Movement.
About the Author
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was a famous leader of the American civil rights movement, a political activist, and a Baptist minister. In 1964, King became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a peacemaker, promoting nonviolence and equal treatment for different races. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1977, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter. In 1986, Martin Luther King Day was established as a United States holiday. Dr. King often called for personal responsibility in fostering world peace.King's most influential and well-known public address is the "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD - Chief, Medical Services, San Francisco General Hospital
Margaret Wheeler, MD, Alicia Fernandez, MD, Dean Schillinger, MD, Andrew Bindman, MD, Kevin Grumbach, MD, Teresa Villela, MD - all of University of California, San Francisco
Jackson worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and served as national director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Operation Breadbasket, the economic wing of the SCLC. He is founder and president of The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.