Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Dr. King’s Final Speech: “I Have Been to the Mountaintop”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born today in 1929. Had he lived he would have been 84 years old. Many may be familiar with the last few minutes of his famous final speech given on April 3rd, 1968, but you can listen to the speech in its entirety below.

Read the Transcript

For more of Dr. King’s writings, speeches or sermons, visit this website.

You can also learn more by visiting thekingcenter.org where you can browse a digital archive of his writings, and learn more about Dr. King’s philosophy.

Grace & Peace,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW



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9 Responses

  1. Jessica says:


  2. “I am doing God’s Will!” What a great presentation. Don’t you just get the feeling and impression that Dr. King was and is the Messenger from God. Thank you.

  3. Geof says:

    Reading this and listening to the Mountain Top speech again reminded me of why I thought this was his best speech. I understand all who love the Dream speech, but this is my favorite for its call to action. It inspired me to write of it as we celebrated a day (even if not the accurate day) for MLK.

    • Writing often allows me to express myself more clearly, and I’m glad the speech inspired you to write! That sounds like a great way to reflect on the day.

      I hear you Geof, this is one of my favorites as well. Every time I watch the clip of the last few minutes of his speech, I always wonder about what thoughts might have been going through his mind that night.

  1. June 15, 2016

    […] those words in what would be his final speech, Dr. King sought to speak to the very conscience of America; to highlight the blatant disconnect […]

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