Thursday, February 16, 2012

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Why we can't wait by MLK Jr.

For the month of February, in honor of Black History Month, every Thursday I will review a book that should be a staple in not just every Black America's home, but every one's home period.  These books are considered classics (at least in my community) and why they are not requirements for reading in school I will never know.


This week we look into the life of Martin Luther King Jr.:

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. (from Amazon)

This is a remarkable book!  The title speaks for itself and can even be applied to whats going on today in society.  I have so many quotes highlighted in the book that it is ridiculous.  However my favorite chapter is "Letter from Birmingham Jail", it was truly a great read.  We get a bird's eye view inside the inner workings of the Civil Rights Movement.  From the beginning, Dr. Martin Luther King was met with resistance due to stance on non-violence.  So not only did he have resistance from the white community, but also from the black.

Despite the barriers he had to face, Dr. King focused on the goal ahead and kept at it.  Even when he knew that his time on earth was limited, he knew his purpose and no one was going to distract him from the greater cause.  Due to his optimism and sacrifice, he blazed a path for me to be able....BE....DO...and GO... wherever I wanted to do and go!

I am not going  to lie, the book was at times, a dry read, but it is a great piece of literature about Civil Rights which everyone should have greater knowledge of instead of maybe the chapter or two we get in grade school.

Lastly, I was wondering how would he view currents events today and how much of an influence he would have.  Sadly with today's current media cycle and reality show politics, its hard to believe....never mind.

Its an awesome book to read over a weekend!  Give it to a preteen or teenage because it is a great introductory book for them.

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