Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement
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This paper analyzes the book "Why We Can't Wait" by Martin Luther King, Jr. which describes the 1963 struggle for civil rights that climaxed with legislation that ended segregation in the United States. The paper looks at how this book is written in graphic terms, in language that is intended to move people. The paper also points out that the chapters in the book are, in essence, written sermons. The paper then explains why "Why We Can't Wait" is an important document concerning this period of segregation and oppression of black people in America.
From the Paper:"In the opening chapter, Dr. King addresses the question, "Why 1963?" and summarizes the many events that brought the emotional crisis which black people had endured to a head. Segregationists were proving the depth of their intransigence. Africa was moving to full independence, yet in much of America neither African diplomats to the United States nor United States Marines were accorded basic human decency. To combat this situation, Dr. King had studied and been profoundly influenced by the doctrine of non-violence, which he discusses in his second chapter, "The Sword That Heals.""
Sample of Sources Used:
- King, Martin Luther. Why We Can't Wait. New York, New York: Penguin Books, 1963.
Cite this Book Review:
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement (2008, July 06) Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/martin-luther-king-jr-and-the-civil-rights-movement-105351/
"Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement" 06 July 2008. Web. 30 January. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/martin-luther-king-jr-and-the-civil-rights-movement-105351/>