The famous civil rights activist may have predicted his own death a full day before it happened — half a decade ago.
Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech in the Tennessee at the Mason Temple in April of 1968. This would be his final sermon.
The next evening, James Earl Ray would assassinte the 39-year-old on the second balcony at The Lorraine Motel.
His last address espoused the virtue of a world wherein all races were valued upon equal ground in both social and financial arenas. A chilling piece of the speech shared that he may not be alive when this takes place.
His exact words were the following:
“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really 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!”
Martin came from a long line of religious teachers — so it’s clear where his vocal talents were dervied.
Mr. King grew up in a prosperous black community in Atlanta. It was actually nicknamed “black Wall Street”, due to it’s thriving industry.
That’s not to say Martin Luther King Jr. was ever truly away from prejudice.
The famous speechmaker managed to excel in school — skipping both the ninth and eleventh years. This enabled him to enter college at the ripe age of 15.
Inititially, Martin had very little desire to pursue religious positions like his father and grandfather.
This all changed after he attended a Christian bible study course during his third year of college. From that fateful day on, King aggressively pursued a position amongst the church. This made his father very happy.