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The Mayor Demings' MLK Initiative Book Club is the brainchild of the Education and Literacy Subcommittee of the MLK Initiative. The goal is to foster a love for literature by promoting books based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s values. Those values include: kindness, fairness and equality, love, selflessness, education, leadership, and hope. Books titles are selected by members of the MLK Initiative and Mayor Jerry L. Demings. Residents are encouraged to participate by finding the selections in their local library and enjoying these inspirational works.

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Why We Can't Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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On April 16, 1963, as the violent events of the Birmingham campaign unfolded in the city’s streets, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., composed a letter from his prison cell in response to local religious leaders’ criticism of the campaign. The resulting piece of extraordinary protest writing, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” was widely circulated and published in numerous periodicals. After the conclusion of the campaign and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, Dr. King further developed the ideas introduced in the letter in Why We Can’t Wait, which tells the story of African American activism in the spring and summer of 1963. During this time, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States, but the campaign launched by Dr. King, Fred Shuttlesworth, and others demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action. Read more...

Book Nominator and MLK Initiative Member

Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Mayor

Comment: I encourage you to join the Orange County MLK Initiative Book Club. This month features one of my favorite books: “Why We Can’t Wait”, written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I say that’s one of my favorite books because in the book, Dr. King talks about the fact that wait almost always means never. So, I want to say if we want to change the world around us, the communities that we live in, wait almost always means never. If not us, then who. If not now, then when. We must get engaged in order to bring about the change in the world around us. So I encourage you, again, to read Dr. King’s book “Why We Can’t Wait”.

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Previous Books

Book Nominator Resources
The Servant Leader by James A. Autry Robert Henlon, Fierce Entertainment Management LLC.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Lisa Bachman, The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Kelly Quintero, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida