Wednesday, July 27, 2005


The last time I was in Memphis, we drove by The Lorraine Motel. The motel where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. It was simply standing there, empty. Now adjacent to the motel stands The National Civil Rights Museum. My Sister and I did take the tour.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964.....I was born in 1970.

So I stood outside the glass encased room where Dr. Martin Luther King slept for the last time, and listened to his last speech.

"We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I have 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 I'm not fearing any man.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord"

The following day, April 4 1968, as he was leaving his motel room Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed.

Longevity does have its place.

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