Monday, January 19, 2009

Reaching the Mountaintop...

Martin Luther King has always been someone I admired. We have had a unique connection since the day I was born. You see, October 20th, 1983 (Thursday) was the day it was announced that Dr. King would have a National Holiday. The only reason I know this is because my father had the presence of mind to photograph me next to the Newspaper on the day I was born to save all the headlines. So today, my note is of a speech I think was Dr. King's most powerful. I believe he knew he wouldn't make it to 40. But he was not afraid. And this speech, given the night before he died, showed that. I hope we all have a nice day, and I pray the Inauguration goes well tomorrow.

Excerpt from MLK's Mountaintop Speech, given the night (4/3/1968) before he was killed in Memphis, TN.

"And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the 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."

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