In the following pages, you'll read how and where King spent his last hours of life in Memphis. You'll read how King's assassination affected the city — and its residents — in ways that still linger. You'll read about the struggle to build the National Civil Rights Museum. You'll read stories about King, the era, even of private time with the very public man shared by our own civil rights pioneers.
And as compelling as those stories are, no one could move the masses with words the way King could.
We can think of no better way to begin than with his own words: >>>
"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! So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!"