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Why was #MLK in Memphis at the time he was assassinated? #SanitationWorkers #EconomicJustice #PoorPeoplesCampaign— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) April 4, 2020
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The night before on April 3, 1968 Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. scaled the heights of American rhetoric dismantling the case for violence and reaffirming nonviolent resistance.
The King Center provided the following abstract summary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s I've Been to the Mountaintop speech on April 3, 1968 in their website:
Dr. King gave this address at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee the night before he was assassinated. He called for nonviolent protest and a boycott of Memphis area businesses in support of the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike. Conveying a sense of foreboding, he not only recounted a near-death experience when he was stabbed near the heart, but also spoke of the possibility of his own demise at the hands of those who opposed him.
Today, on the 52nd anniversary of the day he was assassinated, we remember #MLK’s love & legacy.— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) April 4, 2020
We are inspired by his courage & consistency to purpose.
We believe that his teachings & examples of compassionate action are relevant & applicable.
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In this speech Reverend King outlined the purpose of the overall nonviolent struggle in broad terms:
"And that's all this whole thing is about. We aren't engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying -- We are saying that we are God's children. And that we are God's children, we don't have to live like we are forced to live."last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, a recording of his famous 'Drum Major' sermon, given on February 4, 1968, was played at the funeral. The King family held solemn services for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia, attended by thousands including the then Vice President of the United States, Hubert Humphrey, Senator Robert Kennedy, and Richard Nixon.
Meanwhile in Memphis the local government met the demands that had been made by Reverend King and the striking sanitation workers.
The King family went on to found the King Center and continued his nonviolent legacy to the present day. Other activists from King's inner circle continued their civil rights work, while some, like John Lewis, entered political life and continued working to realize Reverend King's beloved community in the U.S. Congress.