Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mountain Top

19 01 2016

MLK

Yesterday a compilation of Martin Luther King speeches and music that was influences by the man and his mission caught my attention on Spotify.  It included his final and famous speech, “I’ve been to the Mountaintop”.  We’ve all heard bits of this speech multiple times, but yesterday I sat down and really listened to the words and passion of this remarkable man.  King speaks of the plight of the sanitation workers on strike in Memphis, the need to stand behind and help your neighbor, and the possible end of his life- pushing people to continue the dangerous work of shedding light on wrongs.

I was born in a town in Alabama that was a focal point of the Civil Rights struggle where a Freedom Riders bus was burned in 1961.  I am too young to have experienced the 60’s, but still feel the shame of how the state and many citizens treated their fellow man.

Amazingly this was only 55 short years ago, so let us not forget about the struggles, and beatings, and deaths so many experienced in a human struggle to be heard and respected as a human.

Please take 43 minutes to listen to the entire speech from 1968.  It is worth your time.      Mountain Top Speech

 

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