Throwback Thursday: MLK's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" Speech

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On April 4th, 1968, a bullet from a Remington Model 760 rifle claimed the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The night before his assassination, King delivered his memorable “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech at Mason Temple, Church of God in Christ.

During the speech, King addressed the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, a work stoppage implemented by black sanitation workers who refused to labor until they received the same wages and treatment as their white colleagues.

King also spoke passionately about the importance of African-American unity, equal rights, and nonviolent protests. And he touched on the possibilities of him being murdered by whites, and expressed his determination to carry out God’s will.

Check out King’s groundbreaking speech below.


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