Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the day we celebrate his birthday (January 15). I remember learning a lot about the civil rights movement in school, but not once did any teacher play a recording or give us a text of any of his speeches. I only learned the sound bites. How tragic. Each year, I make a special point to read one of MLK’s speeches. Maybe by doing so, MLK’s words and passion would seep into my subconscious thoughts, even the tiniest bit. How much of a better person could I be then?
The very last speech MLK wrote was “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”. The very next day, he was assassinated. That speech, The Mountaintop speech, is the one I read for today. My absolute favorite quote is:
“Dangerous unselfishness”. Wow. Love is sacrificing oneself for the benefit of another. If only each of us remembers that MLK stood for Love above all things. If we focus on Love, then how can there be any room left for hate?
Below is the link to The Mountaintop speech from The King Center Archives. My hope is that you read it and put it in your heart too.