In the spirit of MLK Day I'd like to share his final words spoken publicly
This speech highlights the importance of extending the promise set in the US bill of rights to all Americans. It is extremely important to understand how far we've come as a nation thanks to brave citizens who have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms and liberties. Below I have provided a clipped transcript of King's "I've been to the Mountaintop" speech which was spoken at the Mason Temple church in Memphis, Tennessee on the 3rd of April in the year 1968
I hope you enjoy these punctual and powerful words by my favorite orator!
"If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn't committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right! So just as I say, we aren't going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on.
Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it 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 I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."