An excerpt from my reading of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s book, “Why We Can’t Wait.”
- Collection of facts
- Direct Action
The collection of facts is simple: is there any proof of injustice present in a particular location/setting. Once this information has been obtained, then additional measures can be undertaken. Negotiations are always asked for in the beginning but often times, they are ignored, forcing activists to undertake additional measures. If negotiations fail (as they usually do), then the activist must go through a series of training to prepare themselves for direct action. Self-Purification is being ready to be attacked without retaliating. Utilizing the body as a means to protest, rather than written laws or drawn weapons. Direct action is simple, taking a physical stance against injustice. The body is proof of their hope…direct action seeks to “dramatize the issue”, signifying that negotiations will come based off of the issue being highlighted. It’s purpose is to create tension and give city officials no other choice except to discuss the grievances.
“It is important to understand…that the revolution is not indicative of a sudden loss of patience,” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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