Today, Jan. 15, is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., maybe the greatest man who ever lived (in the eyes of a lot of people).
I want to take the time to wish Dr. King a happy birthday and to say that we can never thank him enough for all he gave for us to have all that we have today. He sacrificed himself so that generation after generation of people of all races could know freedom and even have the luxury to take for granted the price so many people paid for the freedom we enjoy today.
Thank you Dr. King. We can never thank you enough.
I would like to share a passage from my favorite all-time Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech … his last speech. Most people know this speech as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. Dr. King delivered this speech on April 3, 1968 at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. … The speech came the day before he was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968.
Here is the excerpt I would like to share to show the selflessness of a man who gave his own life to improve the lives of others. Also, the speech may have been a foreshadowing of his death one day later.
And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don’t know what will happen now. 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. 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. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we owe so much to you.