The word “speech” instantly makes me think of one of the greatest voices to ever deliver a message – Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Everyone is aware of his “I Have a Dream” speech and could probably quote a line or two. Dr. King’s message was one of hope, anchored on the premise “all men are created equal.” A dream that never died for some and has been renewed by others; a dream still deferred, no matter how close some seem to think we are to that end.
Another of Dr. King’s speeches, one that still gives me goose bumps whenever I either hear or read it, is “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” I’ve included an excerpt below that I ask you to read knowing the very next day, April 4, 1968, at the age of 39, Dr. King was assassinated.
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.Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “ I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”, April 3, 1968
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