Reversals found by Shawn H. Smith
April 3, 1968 Memphis, TN – Final Speech – I’ve Been To The Mountaintop
“The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya: A[ccra, Ghana; New York City]; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee the cry is always the same “We want to be free.” It is for you. None other
(Background of what he had said just prior to the audio clip: “Dear Dr. King: I am a ninth-grade student at the Whites Plains High School.” She said, “While it should not matter, I would like to mention that I am a white girl. I read in the paper of your misfortune, and of your suffering. And I read that if you had sneezed, you would have died. And I’m simply writing you to say that I’m so happy that you didn’t sneeze.”)
“And I want to say tonight, I want to say that I am happy that I didn’t sneeze. Because if I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1960, when students all over the South started sitting-in at lunch counters. And I knew that as they were sitting in, they were really standing up for the best in the American dream. [And taking the whole nation back to those great] wells of democracy which were dug deep by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.” We’re told this Garden must see more Armageddon.
“I wouldn’t have been in Memphis to see a community rally around those brothers and sisters who are suffering. I’m so happy that I didn’t sneeze. And they were telling me, now it doesn’t matter now. [It really doesn’t matter what happens now].” Arms in the battle when I’m not alone.
“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 a[s a people will get to the Promised Land].” And so most of us value all people.
“So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not [fearing any man. Mine eye]s have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” There are none. They admitted the rape.