MARTIN LUTHER KING JR GIVES HIS “I’VE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP”SPEECH THIS DAY IN 1968

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“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live – a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

On this date in 1968 Martin Luther King Jr was in Memphis, Tennessee at the Mason Temple. He was in Memphis to support the Memphis Sanitation Strike. In the speech Dr. King calls for unity, economic actions, boycotts and nonviolent action. Towards the end of his speech he discusses his possible death. It would be the final speech Martin Luther King Jr. gave, the next evening he would be assassinated.

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