"I've Been to the Mountaintop" (by Dr. King)

photo"The NYC Political Forum"

As we mark the MLK Day, we'll read and discuss "I've Been to the Mountaintop," a final address delivered by Dr. King on April 3, 1968. It can be accessed from various sources online, including at the following link below:


(Note: the audio version of the speech can be accessed from the same webpage).


Some questions worthy of further exploration:

• Who is the intended audience of the speech, and has he pursued the audience?

• How does the speech resonate, if any at all, during these dark and turbulent times?

• Do you find the moral, philosophical, and religious references to be relevant and persuasive?

• What or where is the metaphorical "Promised Land" mentioned in the speech? Have we, as society gotten there yet? If not, will we ever get there, if it's even within our reach at all?

• What are some the universal or timeless virtues and principles that emerge from the speech?

• What are your impressions about the prophetic finale to his speech, wherein Dr. King revealed that he was not afraid to die? How does this affect or influence your personal views about death?

• Does the speech appeal across today's ideological boundaries, namely the Left and Right?

• Finally, do you find his legacy based on peaceful, nonviolent protests to be more relevant than ever?

IMPORTANT: please note the required reading assignment, if you wish to attend.

Previous MLK Day discussions:

▨ "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (Jan. 2019) (https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ "Beyond Vietnam" (Jan. 2020) (https://www.meetup.co...)

New York, - USA

Monday, January 18 at 8:00 PM