Martin Luther King Jr. composed the famous explanation of his philosophy and tactics while imprisoned on April 16, 1963. News time reprinted a portion of the letter when the magazine named King that year's Man of the Year.
"We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights," the letter read. "The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, 'Wait.'"