The Fierce Urgency of Now

Many moderate Americans urged leaders like King not to rush the process of civil rights, but King argued that America had already waited too long to ensure equality and liberty for all its citizens. In his book Why We Can’t Wait (1963), King reminded his readers that by the 1960s African nations were becoming free from European colonial control–but black Americans were still denied basic rights. African American soldiers fought for others’ freedom in WWII, only to find that in the American South, they were still not equal.