Today we honor the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister and civil rights activist. With peaceful and nonviolent acts of civil disobedience, Dr. King exposed racism and unfair treatment of African Americans throughout the United States and fought for racial and economic equality. He inspired and led the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until the day he was shot and killed in Memphis, TN—April 4, 1968.
On the evening of April 4, Dr. King stepped out of his motel room and onto the balcony of the Lorraine Motel and was shot and killed by a sniper. He was 39 years old.
We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop … 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.Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King was in Memphis to support the sanitation worker’s strike. His final sermon was given the night before, on April 3, 1968 at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN. Below is a video of this sermon.
Thank you, Dr. King. Rest in peace.