Black History Month Enthusiast
Don’t forget the powerful prophetic words MLK expressed in the last speech he delivered, the day before he died. The closing of his speech was about his coming death. To sum it, King said I have been to the mountaintop just like Moses and I have seen the promised land. He said I may not get there with you just as Moses did not get a chance to step into the promise land. He kept repeating in other words that you can take my life now because I have done what I have been called to do. He talked about the time he was stabbed in the chest by a black woman. The doctor told him that if he sneezed on the way to the hospital he would have died. A white girl wrote a letter to him while in the hospital and he said her letter was the only one that stuck out above that of the President and other celebrities. She said, “I am glad you didn’t sneeze, Dr. King.” King then transformed into the speaker we have heard as he expressed all of the accomplishments that took place since the day he was stabbed and the day he didn’t sneeze. He said…
The ending of Kings Last Speech
…If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1961, when we decided to take a ride for freedom and ended segregation in inter-state travel.
If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1962, when Negroes in Albany, Georgia, decided to straighten their backs up. And whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent.
If I had sneezed — If I had sneezed I wouldn’t have been here in 1963, when the black people of Birmingham, Alabama, aroused the conscience of this nation, and brought into being the Civil Rights Bill.
If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have had a chance later that year, in August, to try to tell America about a dream that I had had.
If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been down in Selma, Alabama, to see the great Movement there.
If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been in Memphis to see a community rally around those brothers and sisters who are suffering.
I’m so happy that I didn’t sneeze.
And they were telling me –. Now, it doesn’t matter, now. It really doesn’t matter what happens now…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!
And 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!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2EnnclLMX4 (part 1 of last speech)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZFebxQxLoc (part 2 of last speech)