Saturday, April 03, 2010

Pop History Moment: Dr. King's Final Speech

On this day in 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took the pulpit at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (at a rally for striking black sanitation workers in that city) and raised the roof for what would be the last time. As good as his speech - now known as I've Been To The Mountaintop - was for those in attendance, it would have been a special honour to be there, to witness a powerful orator at the top of his game and utterly in command of all his powers.

By this point there had been numerous threats against King's life, and he refers to these in the speech as though it were only a matter of time before Fate caught up with him... It did of course; the following day King was assassinated in front of Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel.
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