On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed the Memphis sanitation workers and their supporters, in what would be his final speech. In it, he spoke of having been to the mountaintop. He said: "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." HISTORY, in collaboration with The King Center, asked a group of modern-day history makers to give us their vision of the future. What do they see from their mountaintop?
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HISTORY and The King Center have come together to present Mountaintop Moments, a series of videos in which today's history makers—actors, activists, musicians and sports stars—discuss their vision for an ideal future. In this essay, historian Daina Ramey Berry discusses the inspiration behind the project, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final speech.
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