Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On August 28, 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (above in video), one of the greatest orators of our time, stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his I Have a Dream speech in front of a crowd estimated at 250,000. That memorable speech was seen as the turning point in the civil rights movement. Five years later, King delivered I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, the second most famous speech of his career. On that fateful day in Memphis, King was there to support striking sanitation workers. He touched on familiar themes, human rights, nonviolence and his own mortality. His remarks energized the crowd at the city’s Mason Temple. After the 43-minute speech, King was physically exhausted and Ralph Abernathy had to help him from the podium to his chair. Jesse Jackson told his wife, “Martin had given the most brilliant speech of his life….,” “I saw men crying,” Jackson said. Mountaintop will not only be remembered as one of the iconic civil rights leader’s greatest speeches, but also his most prophetic. The next day, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. In The Buzz, we remember Dr. King.

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