“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Full MLK: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop Part 3/3
On April 3,1968, the day before he was assassinated, Dr. King addressed a rally at the Mason Temple in Memphis Tennessee. He had delivered a speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” and made a reference to the fact that his flight to Memphis had been delayed by a bomb threat. The excerpt above was his final comment and essentially the last portion of his final public speech to us all. He left with his entourage and checked into Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. Kismet: A Single Garment…
Yesterday was Dr. Martin Luther King‘s birthday, and today is the designated National Holiday in the USA. While many of us will pause and reflect on the legacy of courage and hope that he shared with the world, others will continue their legacy of hatred and ignorance… Thankfully, the voices of truth, reason, justice, and goodwill are never diminished by the cacophony of the rest. Dr. MLK lived an extraordinary life and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the Civil Rights Movement would succeed and not become another mirage. His grace, eloquence and prophetic messages/legacy continue to resonate in the lives of many people around the world.
“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The following day, April 4, 1968, he was in the company of The Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Jesse Jackson and other close friends. Ben Branch, a musician, was also present and scheduled to play that night at an event that Dr King was to attend. According to Jesse, Dr. King’s last words on the balcony before he was murdered were said to Ben. He said, “Ben, make sure you play “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.” Kismet: A Single Garment…
As I worked on this post, I decided to share another important part of his life story. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. loved the hymnal “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” and, as the story of his last moment goes, before he was murdered, he turned to Ben Branch, a musician on tour with him and he said, “Ben, make sure you play “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.” Dr. King’s life was not lived in vain. Many of us have opportunities today that were only figments of our imagination during the movement. I am grateful for all the good people around the world who continue the effort to ensure we can live together in peace… More below.
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We have all come across many quotes by Dr MLK that we love, and many of us have favorites that we reference from time to time. A few of my favorite MLK quotes (see below) come from the I Have A Dream speech because they speak to a period in history when our dreams were still deferred and not quite our reality:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As I said in a post I wrote last year about this anniversary, Dr King’s eloquence and courage has always been a source of great fascination and pride to me. It remains my dearest hope that we will continue to honor his legacy and spirit by honoring the best in each other. What are your thoughts? Do Share!
Positive Motivation Tip: We can choose to be a beacon of light in the world or an icon for ignorance and hate; what we believe, we become… Good begets good.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., & President Lyndon Johnson, via Wikipedia & Credit: National Archives and Records Administration