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Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. -Excerpt from I HAVE ...

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1968  (Actual Year)
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10:47:10 - 10:49:38
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Use of motion footage and/or audio of Dr. King delivering the I Have Been to the Mountaintop speech requires the express written consent of the King Estate in Atlanta. Excerpt from I HAVE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP (aka I See the Promised Land) A FINAL ADDRESS, APRIL 3, 1968. Also contains much great footage of the civil rights movement. TLS/MSs of Rev. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. boarding a twin engine prop plane bound for Memphis to help striking garbage workers. MSs MLK walking streets, talking to people, shaking hands, kissing cheeks; good CUs of MLK smiling and laughing. MSs of MLK and SCLC leaders in Chicago, being openly harassed by whites in opposition to desegregation of housing. MS of MLK delivering final speech: "Now, it doesn't matter, now. It really doesn't matter what happens now. I left Atlanta this morning, and as we got started on the plane, there were six of us. The pilot said over the public address system, 'We are sorry for the delay, but we have Dr. Martin Luther King on the plane. And to be sure that all of the bags were checked, and to be sure that nothing would be wrong with on the plane, we had to check out everything carefully. And we've had the plane protected and guarded all night.' And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've 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 so I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!"