MLK’s Final Speech

A Note From the Dramaturg:

King delivered his speech, “The Mountaintop” to an eager crowd in Memphis, Tennessee.  The speech (as were many of his speeches) was mostly “off the top of his head”.  In fact, King had planned to not deliver a speech at all that night and was already getting ready for bed when he was called by Jesse Jackson to come down to the church.  

After his assassination, the speech seemed eerily prophetic.  Some of the final words of the speech were “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!”

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