Today marks the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
Memphis has the horrible legacy of being the place where MLK was killed; but we also have the beautiful legacy of being the place where he delivered his final address – the glorious “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” speech, which he gave at the Mason Temple the night before his death.
In the speech, MLK called on Memphis to embrace nonviolence in negotiating the sanitation strike, which had escalated and got worse following his death.
He said to the people of Memphis, “For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.”
Check out this incredible excerpt of the speech below. We’re also sponsoring excerpts of MLK’s speeches all day on WLOK (AM1340), so we encourage you to tune in there.
Indeed we hope and pray our city can continue to grow in doing what is right, as MLK encouraged us to do. May we honor his memory through reconciliation and peaceful, sincere love for each other.