“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”


On April 3 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. went to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. There was a bomb threat earlier in the day, so he arrived a little later than he planned. That night he delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech to a small crowd. The next day at 6:01 pm he was shot by a sniper on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. His last speech became among his most quoted but the resolve and finality of the realization that equality would be achieved, even in his absence was resounding.