Why We Can’t Wait

by

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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 Fred Shuttlesworth during the Birmingham campaign. Although Dr. King refers to the group as the “ACHR,” it is more commonly referred to as the ACMHR.
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The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACHR) Term Timeline in Why We Can’t Wait

The timeline below shows where the term The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACHR) appears in Why We Can’t Wait. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: Bull Connor’s Birmingham
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...cities throughout the South. One of these was the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACHR), which was led by Fred Shuttlesworth in Birmingham. Shuttlesworth’s goal was to address inequality in... (full context)
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Dr. King and the SCLC decided in 1962 to help Fred Shuttlesworth and the ACHR. Shuttlesworth had staged an effective boycott of white-owned Birmingham businesses and managed to drive down... (full context)
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...particularly nervous about a convention that the SCLC planned to hold in conjunction with the ACHR in Birmingham, so they met with the ACHR to strike a compromise. They agreed to... (full context)
Chapter 4: New Day in Birmingham
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...was an “outsider” by pointing out that the SCLC was the parent organization of the ACHR, meaning that it wasn’t really an outside influence. Plus, he argued, Black people aren’t outsiders... (full context)