Today marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis on the night of April 4th, 1968. Dr. King was 39, and he has now been dead longer than he has been alive.
I visited the Lorraine Hotel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, last year during a Sankofa trip around the country. It was both an amazing and difficult experience.
I still have a lot to learn from Dr. King and the civil rights movement- both the good and the bad- but already know that he has given us an amazing example how to be a non-violent and love-driven leader in the face of oppression. I will be forever greatful.
So on the 40th anniversary of his assassination, give you the last words of his last sermon, said the day before his death on April 3rd, 1968.
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 teh 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.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.