This Day in History: 1968-04-03

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, delivers his last public address, popularly known as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, at the Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis, Tennessee. The speech primarily concerns the Memphis Sanitation Strike. King calls for unity, economic actions, boycotts, and nonviolent protest, while challenging the United States to live up to its ideals. At the end of the speech, he discusses the possibility of an untimely death. On the following day, King is assassinated. Learn more.