The entire episode is Dr. King in his own words. It is all speeches and NONE of them are the I Have a Dream speech. It is all speeches from later in his life including an amazing one that he gives condemning the Vietnam war and predicting that the legacy of the Vietnam war would be the US militarily meddling in countries all over the world and suffering serious blowback consequences because of it. It also features the speech he gave the night before his assassination.
You've heard choice quotes from both these speeches. But I at least had never heard them in their entirety.
They Are Amazing.
I'm really serious that you should download this MP3 and listen to the whole thing carefully and attentively. Do this sometime before the end of Monday. You've got the day off and it is too cold to do much else while you eagerly await the end of the Bush administration. Use that time to listen to this.
This part made brought me to tears while riding the tram today:
And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?The final words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final speech, given the day before he was assassinated in Memphis, TN.
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!
I know you've probably heard that part before. Now grab that mp3 and hear the whole thing. Because the words leading up to it are arguably more important and more powerful and put those last words into context.