Today's discussion focused on MLK's "local" life as a minister and activist, while it also examined King's work post-1963, the national and international "radical" phase Harvard Sitkoff captures in his recent book.
Important moments during this period include his Nobel Prize Speech (December 1964), his Mountaintop Speech (April 1968), his Vietnam War speech (April 1967), and the God is Marching On (March 1965)address.
Your assignment tonight is to listen to clips of the Mountaintop speech and to read the text of this address. Listen and read here. Answer the following questions on your own paper, and bring them to class tomorrow ready to discuss.
1. What is the aim of the Mountaintop speech?
2. What historical references does MLK make in the speech, and why do you think he makes them?
3. Discuss King's use of biblical language in this speech.
4. If you could ask King one question about this address, what would you ask and why? (Feel free to post this question in the comments section.)
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