A look at Martin Luther King’s 1968 speech brings to light why he was in Memphis and his vision for the future. His memory is honored by standing up for the public workers who are being slandered and deprived of their hard-won rights.
In his last speech, given the night before his death on April 4, 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared both his reason for being in Memphis, and his vision for the future.
He was there to support, in very tangible ways, the struggle of public workers against injustice and mistreatment. He argued, as he had during the pitched anti-segregation battle in Birmingham, that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Dr. King is part of a long line of Americans who believed and have held this country to its promise that ‘All men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….”
We honor his memory by standing up for the public workers across the country who are being slandered and deprived of their legitimate, hard-won rights.
We’ve come too far, to turn back now.