As a nation that paints itself as the ideal place to call a home, many communities living within the United States find that this is not the case. Why Must We Wait? explores the persistence of issues that marginalized individuals face, observing the restrictions to civil rights and liberties across a large spectrum of experiences. While progress has been made in many facets of social and political laws and values, more often than not these issues that are perceived to have been solved have actually not—instead, they have morphed into new forms, taking on different names while staying true to their oppressive nature. This project facilitates a conversation between the past and present, encouraging its audience to engage with and reflect on the promise of freedom, how it manifests, and who it benefits within the United States.