Friday, April 04, 2008

One more in the name of love

Martin Luther King was assassinated 40 years ago today. He was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had spoken in support of striking sanitation workers.

His last speech, given the day before his death, is remembered as "I've Been to the Mountaintop." It's best known for the ending, in which he spoke prophetically of his own death:

And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?
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!
And 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!

Listen to the full speech here (part 1) and here (part 2). Read the full text here.

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