On the evening before he was assasinated, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered the words below in what would be his final speech. It’s referred to as “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” and it’s as relevant and inspring today as it was 50 years ago. Wow. I love this man, what he stood for, and how he stood for it. He’s a great example of courageous humility, and many in our country can learn from his example.
As you pause and read through his words, what applies to what’s happening in America, now? How can you become a man or woman characterized by the same kind of humble courage MLK Jr. demonstrated? America needs a revolution of courageous humility, and you and I need to be in on the ground level.
. . . The world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around. That’s a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the 20th century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding . . .
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 . . .
We don’t have to argue with anybody. We don’t have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. We don’t need any bricks and bottles. We don’t need any Molotov cocktails . . .
Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. And I want to thank God, once more, for allowing me to be here with you . . .
Well, I don’t know what will happen now. 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!
And so 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!!
Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, “If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the 20th century, I will be happy.”
AMERICA CAN USE ANOTHER MLK, JR. MAYBE SUCH A PERSON CAN BE FOUND IN YOU. WHEREVER YOU ARE, DO ALL YOU CAN TO LIVE WITH HUMBLE COURAGE. THE WORLD NEEDS IT NOW, MORE THAN EVER.