Today is the third Monday in January and we celebrate Martin Luther King day. Today is not only a day off, but it is a celebration of one of the greatest Social Activists. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. At the age of 35, he became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace prize.
Four years later Dr. King gave his I’ve Been to the Mountaintop on 3 April 1968, (Mason Temple Church of God in Christ Headquarters), Memphis, Tennessee. In this speech he told how a woman stabbed him near his heart, when he was signing books in NYC. If he had sneezed the knife would have sliced his aorta and he would have drowned in his own blood. He finished his speech by saying, “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. 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!”
He gave this speech the day before he was assassinated. Martin Luther was assassinated on April 4, 1968 while making his mountain top speech from the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. His birthday became a National Holiday by an act of Congress in 1983.