Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview And Other Conversations by Martin Luther King Jr.As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, and books like Ta-Nehisi Coatess Between the World and Me and Claudia Rankines Citizen swing national attention toward the racism and violence that continue to poison our communities, its as urgent now as ever to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., whose insistence on equality and peace defined the Civil Rights Movement and forever changed the course of American history.
This collection ranges from an early 1961 interview in which King describes his reasons for joining the ministry (after considering medicine), to a 1964 conversation with Robert Penn Warren, to his last interview, which was conducted on stage at the convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, just ten days before Kings assassination.
Timely, poignant, and inspiring, Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview is an essential addition to the Last Interview series.
“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Thank you very kindly, my friends. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy in his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about. It's always good to have your closest friend and associate say something good about you. And Ralph is the best friend that I have in the world. I'm delighted to see each of you here tonight in spite of a storm warning.
Martin Luther King Jr. He was rushed to St. He was a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was known for his use of nonviolence and civil disobedience. On March 10, , he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. The King family and others believe the assassination was the result of a conspiracy involving the U.
On March 29, , King went to Memphis, Tennessee in support of the black sanitary public works employees, represented by AFSCME Local , who had been on strike since March 12 for higher wages and better treatment. In one incident, black street repairmen received pay for two hours when they were sent home because of bad weather, but white employees were paid for the full day. King's flight to Memphis had been delayed by a bomb threat against his plane. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don't know what will happen now.