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This Day in Georgia History

April 03, 1968

MLK Delivered Final Speech

Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Memphis, Tenn., in support of sanitation workers striking for union recognition by the city. King and fellow Georgians Hosea Williams and Ralph Abernathy, along with Jesse Jackson and others, were staying at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. That night, King gave his prophetic “I Have Been to the Mountain Top” speech , in which he said:

“[L]ike 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.”