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BOOK REPORT Why We Cant Wait by Luther King Jr WHY WE CANT WAIT Martin Luther King JrI was reluctant to read this book that was originally assigned as a part of my African AmericanStudies but I am very glad that I did As a black female born in 1981 who grew up in aneighborhood that did not have the black only signs or white only signs that were talked about inthe book I had a hard time understanding why race seems to be such a big issue in this countryAs I saw it slavery happened a long time ago and bigots were idiots to be ignored until they alldied off Why all this talk of discrimination and affirmative action Why all the pleas foracceptance and peace I heard my parents talk about the things that they and my grandparentshad to face The injustice the unfairness and the down right prejudice they had to deal with Butto be honest it seemed like so long ago I felt disconnected from those stories they shared withme Now I sit with the book in my hand unwillingly I open it I am startled by the stabbing ofMartin The characters begin to come alive It is spring in the year of 1963 Martin Luther KingJr was hauled off to jail in the aftermath of the Birmingham confrontation with Public SafetyCommissioner Bull Connor and municipal authorities Beatings hosing and the unleashing ofvicious dogs could not deter thousands of demonstrating Negroes from risking serious injuryeven death in peaceful parades into the heart of downtown BirminghamAnger begins to swell up in me as I realize that my ancestors arrived in America and weretreated like property with cruelty and lies Lies toward the right to be free even though theyfought for our freedom during the war However
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