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Posted: Jan 15, 2022 12:01 AM

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It was one of his two most famous speeches, and it was his last.  On April 3, 1968, the night before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an impromptu speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis in the midst of a sanitation workers strike.  The event was the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) annual April Call. Known as the “Mountaintop” speech, Dr. King spoke without notes for nearly 45 minutes.  His conclusion is probably the best-known part. “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.”Dr. King’s remarks were delivered with the rousing inflection for which he was known.  On a close analysis of the rest of his speech, what’s remarkable is …

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