World House Podcast: Episode 21 - Last Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, 3 April 1968.
On 3 April 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered what would become his final speech: "I've Been to the Mountaintop
." He spoke to the crowd gathered at the Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. King came to Memphis to support the Sanitation Workers' Strike
. He believed the struggle in Memphis exposed the nationwide need for social and economic justice that he was planning to highlight later that summer during the Poor People's Campaign
The next day, on 4 April 1968, while preparing to go out to dinner, King stepped outside the Lorraine motel room 306 to speak with Southern Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC) colleagues standing in the parking area below. While standing on the balcony outside his second-floor room, Martin Luther King Jr., was shot. James Earl Ray, a 40-year-old escaped fugitive, fired a single shot that killed King.
Listen to the final episode of this season, where Dr. Carson discusses King's last speech, his sudden death, and the unanswered question King left us with: Where do we go from here?
Clayborne Carson, Liberation Curriculum