And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out (Yeah), or what would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers. [Applause], Now that's a strange statement to make because the world is all messed up. I just want to do God's will. It's possible that those men were afraid. But it doesnât matter with me now. And I donât mind. [Recording interrupted] Now that question could have easily ended up in a philosophical and theological debate. âWeâve got some difficult days ahead,â Martin Luther King, Jr., told an overflowing crowd in Memphis, Tennessee, on 3 April 1968, where the cityâs sanitation workers were striking. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. (Foss 300). Now what does all this mean in this great period of history? And you know, it's possible that the priest and the Levite looked over that man on the ground and wondered if the robbers were still around. [Applause] Bull Connor next would say, "Turn the fire hoses on." Fifty years ago this week, the Rev. One day a man came to Jesus and he wanted to raise some questions about some vital matters of life. (Yes) Somewhere I read (Yes) that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. Samaritan.�, 3. Martin Luther Kingâs speech âIâve Been to the Mountaintopâ combines all three modes of persuasion: ethos, pathos, and logos. (Yes) Somehow the preacher must say with Jesus, "The spirit of the Lord is upon me (Yes), because He hath anointed me (Yes), and He's anointed me to deal with the problems of the poor." 1-The Sick Nation Metaphor 2- The Jericho Road Metaphor 3-The Mountaintop/Promised Land Metaphor The Mountaintop/Promised Land Metaphor Metaphors Conclusion "Like anybody, I would like to live - a long life; longevity has its place. I read a few, but one of them I will never forget. But I'm not concerned about that now. If it means leaving work, if it means leaving school, be there. But I â¦ What was that? But I'm not concerned about that now. [Applause] (Go ahead, Go ahead) And so I'm happy tonight; I'm not worried about anything; I'm not fearing any man. [Laughter] It's always good to have your closest friend and associate to say something good about you, and Ralph Abernathy is the best friend that I have in the world. (Yeah) At other times we would speculate that there was a religious law that one who was engaged in religious ceremonials was not to touch a human body twenty-four hours before the ceremony. But I'm not concerned about that now. You know, what's beautiful to me is to see all of these ministers of the Gospel. And I don't mind. He's been to jail for struggling; he's been kicked out of Vanderbilt University for this struggling; but he's still going on, fighting for the rights of his people. And I don't mind. (All right, Yes) And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men in some strange way are responding. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy and his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about. The speech primarily concerns the Memphis Sanitation Strike.King â¦ (Keep on), I would even come up to the day of the Renaissance and get a quick picture of all that the Renaissance did for the cultural and aesthetic life of man. And we've had the plane protected and guarded all night.". (Yes) We just need to go around to these stores (Yes sir), and to these massive industries in our country (Amen), and say, "God sent us by here (All right) to say to you that you're not treating His children right. I'm not asking you something that we don't do ourselves in SCLC. âIâve Been to the Mountaintopâ by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this speech in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968 â the day before he was assassinated. [Applause] It's all right to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day God's preacher must talk about the new New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. And they were telling me. But he got down with him, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Start studying I've Been to the Mountaintop. [Applause], Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. Well, I don't know what will happen now; we've got some difficult days ahead. I just want to do Godâs will. âIâve Been to the Mountaintopâ was the last speech delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. "I've Been To The Mountaintop", by Martin Luther King Jr.Outside Sources: In the biography of Martin Luther King Jr, by The Official Website of the Nobel Peace Prize, his life and accomplishments are outlined. And I've looked over. Iâve Been to the Mountaintop MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. He spoke on April 3, 1968 at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, a day before his assassination. If I had sneezed (Yes), I wouldn't have been around here in 1961, when we decided to take a ride for freedom and ended segregation in interstate travel. There are three main metaphors that King uses: This metaphor is used to portray King�s disgust with the state of a
But now no longer can they just talk about it. [Applause] Now we've got to keep attention on that. It's a winding, meandering road. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. (All right) But I wouldn't stop there. (Yeah) [Applause], Now we're going to march again, and we've got to march again (Yeah), in order to put the issue where it is supposed to be (Yeah) [Applause] and force everybody to see that there are thirteen hundred of God's children here suffering (That's right), sometimes going hungry, going through dark and dreary nights wondering how this thing is going to come out. The next minute I felt something beating on my chest.