The words “bad timing” came to be ghosts haunting our every move in Birmingham.

Yet people who used this argument were ignorant of the background of our planning. They did not know we had postponed our campaign twice. They did not know our reason for attacking in time to affect Easter shopping. Above all they did not realize that it was ridiculous to speak of timing when the clock of history showed that the Negro had already suffered one hundred years of delay.

Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait, published 1964.

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