“This is what is going to happen to me also. I keep telling you, this is a sick society.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his wife Coretta Scott King after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago today on April 4, 1968. King traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to support African American sanitation workers in their demands for better pay and improved working conditions. On April 3, 1968, King gave his last public address, his famous “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” speech, where he stated he no longer feared death. In this speech he emboldened and challenged the Civil Rights activists, “Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights. And so just as I said, we aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around. We aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s teaching and promotion of nonviolent resistance is his most enduring legacy. On this day, the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination, The American Solidarity Party remembers Martin Luther King Jr. and we call on all people to ensure his demand for racial and economic equality may finally be realized.
Further reflecting on the words of King’s last speech: “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really 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!”
Audio File in the Public Domain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:I%27ve_Been_To_The_Mountaintop.ogg