||[Jan. 23rd, 2008|03:06 am]
I wanted to post this a few days ago on the day the United States honors Martin Luther King, jr. |
We are all aware of his "I have a dream" speech. Among other things, he was a great orator.
I had originally thought to put the whole of his "I've been to the Mountaintop" speech here. I just read that speech before writing this. It's too long to put here. However, I will put the end of it here. With him being killed the day after he spoke the words below, ... well, they become more haunting and prophetic than Mr. King would ever know.
"... And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say that 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 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. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."