King’s Final Speech: “I Have Been to the Mountaintop”
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a haunting last speech on the night before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. One passage of the speech seemed to suggest that he knew he might die soon.
Dr. King: “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!”
Watch the speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oehry1JC9Rk
Read the Monumental Three-Volume Biography of Dr. King, America in the King Years, by Taylor Branch: Parting the Waters (1988); Pillar of Fire (1998); At Canaan’s Edge (2006)
Visit the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC: http://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm