Why We Can't Wait Setting & Symbolism

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Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama is the name of the city in Alabama where the Negro Revolution of 1963 takes place. Birmingham is a perfect arena to test the use of nonviolent resistance because it is the largest and most segregated city in Governor George Wallace's Alabama police state. Bull Connor is the racist commissioner of the city who uses violent methods to enforce segregation.

Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation is the name of a document signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 which declared the Negroes free from slavery and combined with the Civil War ended slavery.

The Negro Revolution

The Negro Revolution is the name MLK uses to describe the movement over time that culminates in the Birmingham demonstrations.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.), Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (A.C.H.R.) and...

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