Friday, April 04, 2008


Today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in 1968. This event came at a tumultuous time in our history. In many ways it shaped racial conflict and conversations that we still have today.

Dr. King had travelled to support the two thousand Memphis Sanitation workers who were on strike. The conditions that these men worked in are alarming by today's standards. This strike was a nasty one.

While there he gave his "I've been to the mountaintop" speech. He was killed the next day. I would like you to watch the video with your headphones today. Try not to have chills run up your spine as you think "Did he know he was going to die within 24 hours??"

Dr. King is revered in this country because of his commitment to peace, equality, and justice. He was 39 years old when he died.

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