”’Well, I don’t know what will happen now,’ King tells the crowd. “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.”
King’s eyes shine as he speaks. He shifts his weight from foor to foot, swaying to his own hypnotic cadence. His voice is soft, subdued. Then louder. He’s building to a shout.
“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 s-e-e-e-n the promised land.” he says, stretching “seen” is his best preacher’s voice to punctuate his vision. “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 a thing. I’m not fearing ANY man. Mine E-Y-E-S have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”
The audience is on its feet. King turns from the pulpit and and walks to his colleagues. They embrace him with hugs and slaps on the shoulder as he collapses in his seat.
It’s 10:30 p.m.”
Martin Luther King’s Last 32 Hours
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
— ML King, Jr. [photos]
“In the face of the Communist challenge we must examine honestly the weaknesses of traditional capitalism. In all fairness, we must admit that capitalism has often left a gulf between superfluous wealth and abject poverty, has created conditions permitting necessities to be taken from the many to give luxuries to the few, and has encouraged small-hearted men to become cold and conscienceless so that, like Dives before Lazarus, they are unmoved by suffering, poverty-stricken humanity. Although through social reform American capitalism is doing much to reduce such tendencies, there is much yet to be accomplished.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., How Should A Christian View Communism?
As well as remembering all that he did, today is about recognizing what remains to be done. (via superfluidity)
“All labor that uplifts humanity, has dignity and importance.”
Dr. King, quoted by Octavia Spencer, Golden Globes winner for The Help