Dr. Martin Luther King
|The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display for a brief time in observance of Martin Luther King Day.|
“… … … Well, I don't know what will happen
now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it 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 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've Been
to the Mountaintop,” Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. King delivered his “Mountaintop” speech on April 3, 1968, the
day before an assassin took his life. If you're familiar with the speech only
one conclusion can come to mind. He knew. But he'd foretold his own death, felt
it would come and rob his present, at any moment. That's why Dr. King had prepared
He'd known his life would not reach a ripe old age from the beginning, having
lived through death threat after death threat. So, every time he spoke such
prophetic language, the audience had to also feel like King was actually speaking
of something else. The future he would never know, the possibilities he would
never witness, the dreams that would be ours, not his.
It seems perfunctory to put his picture on this blog and note his words on
the day that is proclaimed as his. But I will do it every year, year after year,
always. Dr. King represents an intellect, a hope, a belief in real possibilities
that no longer lives today. So we each remember him in whatever way we can.
President Bill Clinton signed on to the
Dr. King Memorial in 1998. It is a 4-acre site that inhabits a
space among the cherry blossoms, between the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials.
At present, they are short of meeting the financing goals, but well on the way.
If you want to honor Dr. King today, do something today, because there are many
ways you can help.
We have come so far, but as we saw during the catastrophe of Katrina, we still
have a long way to go.
Yes, Dr. King had a dream, but he left it to us to finish. We need to get busy, because we're not even half way to the Promise Land.