“Why We Can’t Wait” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Updated: Jun 1

Please purchase and read/listen to “Why We Can’t Wait” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before our virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).



The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation's Reading for Understanding monthly virtual book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.


In 1963 Dr. King wrote that ‘Freedom had a dull ring’ and in his letter from a Birmingham jail (in the book), he expressed his deep disappointment in the apathy and gradualism of so many. In order to more fully know what moves today’s drive for equality, it is imperative to understand the depth of thought and courage that fueled Dr. King. When he spoke of the ‘the fierce urgency of now’ and ‘freedom too long delayed is freedom denied, he was saying it is always the right time to do right.’ Why We Can’t Wait continues to be fuel for today’s re-ignited passion.

– Ken, Reading for Understanding Workgroup


“In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States. The campaign launched by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights movement on the segregated streets of Birmingham demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action.”

Source: https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780807001127




Purchase the book from Mahogany Books, Washington, D.C..


Each month we are celebrating a black-owned bookstore. Please consider supporting Mahogany Books, Washington, D.C., https://www.mahoganybooks.com

Purchase: https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780807001127


Please purchase and read/listen to “Why We Can’t Wait” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before our virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).


Reading for Understanding


Monthly virtual book discussions hosted by the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation


As a learning organization, the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation seeks to provide opportunities to promote understanding and empathy. Book discussions provide participants with a shared experience and an opportunity to engage with others.


The Center’s Reading for Understanding monthly book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.


What should a participant expect?


Participants should expect an email with a read-ahead presentation and a one question quiz to access the meeting credentials preceding the event. All book discussions are two hours and use Zoom breakout rooms to create small virtual discussion groups. We start together as a large group (7-7:10pm), briefly return to a large group at the half-way point (7:50-8pm) and conclude as a large group (8:40-9pm). Virtual doors open at 6:45pm, unless otherwise noted. All times are Eastern United States.


Support black-owned bookstores.


Where and how you choose to spend money has power. Visit https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php to find a store in your area or shop directly from https://aalbc.com.


“African American Literature Book Club, AALBC.com is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books by, or about, people of African descent. Started in 1997, AALBC.com is a widely recognized source of information about Black authors.”

Source: AALBC.com


Participants are encouraged to continue learning through the Center’s Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series and join our Finding Your Voice Program.


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