Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”


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In late March 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, to lend his support to the city's sanitation workers, who had gone out on strike. Because the bulk of the 1,300 striking workers were African Americans, the strike evolved into a civil rights struggle, attracting the attention of the news media and other prominent civil rights leaders. On the evening of April 3, King delivered his “I've Been to the Mountaintop” speech at the Mason Temple (of the Church...