Jan. 15, 2018

Session Ten: SALUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

The tenth and final session this morning comes from a sermon Dr. King gave on that Sunday before his murder in Memphis, Tennessee. He spoke at the historic National Cathedral in Washington, DC on March 31, 1968. Martin Luther King was in the nation's capital to encourage national support for the upcoming Poor People's Campaign a struggle against poverty. The Dr. King who spoke that Sunday was reviled not only by most of White America. He was also reviled by a large percentage of Black American who either felt he was out of touch or was angry because of the stance he took on the Vietnam War at the Riverside Church. He was no longer that man with a dream he himself had said he had awoken to America's nightmare. Yet MLK was still a prophet of peace and justice, who wanted more than the right to eat a hamburger at the lunch counter he wanted Black Americans to own the establishments that were serving the meal.