In honor of today’s holiday, I’ve posted below Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1968 speech "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop" delivered April 3, 1968 at the Mason Temple
(Church of God in Christ Headquarters), in Memphis, Tennessee.
An added bonus, I also posted Bayard Rustin’s and Malcolm X’s November 1960 meeting at Radio Station
WRAI in New York to discuss their approaches to the question of
race in the United States. At the time, Rustin, 48, who was a gay man, was a close
advisor to A. Philip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
who represented two generations of nonviolent leadership in the
struggle for an integrated, non-racial society. Malcolm X, 35,
was the most charismatic disciple of Elijah Muhammed, spiritual
head of the Nation of Islam. This meeting, one of several historic
ones between the two men is significant. First, it clearly delineates
the tactics and objectives of the integrationists and the separatists.
Second it occurred at the moment when the civil rights movement
was poised to capture the full attention of the nation. Third,
it reflects the tradition of engaging one’s opponents in reasoned,
thoughtful debate – an approach other leaders were reluctant to
follow in Malcolm X’s case.