Martin Luther King’s View From the Mountaintop

A clip of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final words in his last speech, delivered in Memphis on April 3, 1968, the nigt before he was killed.

I walked all night that night forty years ago. I’m still looking for what we lost then, the promise that a change is gonna come.

Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come became an anthem for social change in the 1960s. Listen to NPR’s documentary about the history of the song.

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2 Responses to Martin Luther King’s View From the Mountaintop

  1. Mark Willis says:

    NPR Morning Edition remembered the poignant appeal for love and peace made by Robert Kennedy on the night of April 4, 1968 in Indianapolis:

    It was supposed to be a routine campaign stop. In a poor section of Indianapolis, 40 years ago Friday, a crowd had waited an hour to hear the presidential candidate speak. The candidate, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, had been warned not to go by the city’s police chief.

    As his car entered the neighborhood, his police escort left him. Once there, he stood in the back of a flatbed truck. He turned to an aide and asked, “Do they know about Martin Luther King?”

    They didn’t, and it was left to Kennedy to tell them that King had been shot and killed that night in Memphis, Tenn. The crowd gasped in horror.

    Kennedy spoke of King’s dedication to “love and to justice between fellow human beings,” adding that “he died in the cause of that effort.”


    Two months after his speech in Indianapolis, the grief of 1968 deepened even further when Robert Kennedy was killed in Los Angeles.

  2. ms modigliani says:

    What a poignant speech by Robert Kennedy! I had not heard it before.
    How sad for all of us he was killed two months later.

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