Why We Can’t Wait

by

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It granted freedom to all enslaved Black people. read analysis of The Emancipation Proclamation

Nonviolent Direct Action

Nonviolent direct action is a form of activism that uses nonviolence tactics to assert power and apply pressure in an effort to bring about change. read analysis of Nonviolent Direct Action

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is an activist organization that advocates for civil rights. Dr. King was president of the SCLC from 1957 until his assassination in 1968, serving as the organization’s first leader. read analysis of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACHR)

The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights is an activist organization based in Birmingham, Alabama. Like the SCLC—which was its parent organization in the early 1960s—it advocates for civil rights. The organization was led by… read analysis of The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACHR)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a civil-rights organization founded in 1909 by some of the U.S.’s most influential Black Americans. read analysis of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
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Tokenism

Tokenism refers to any act that supposedly uplifts a minority group but, in reality, just amounts to a symbolic and largely meaningless gesture toward true equality. read analysis of Tokenism