(Yeah) The masses of people are rising up. That couldn't stop us. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you." (That's right) I remember when Mrs. King and I were first in Jerusalem. motivation for the action through the usage of metaphors (Foss 301). (That's right) And we've got to say to the nation, we know how it's coming out. And I've â¦ But we just went before the dogs singing, "Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around." And they did, and we would just go on in the paddy wagon singing, "We Shall Overcome." And I read that if you had sneezed, you would have died. And you know, if I were standing at the beginning of time with the possibility of taking a kind of general and panoramic view of the whole of human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, "Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?" (Yes) Not, "If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to my job?" And I've looked over. (Yeah) [Applause] And that's all this whole thing is about. But I wouldn't stop there. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. (Yeah) [Applause] And I don't mind. (Yes) We just need to go around to these stores (Yes sir), and to these massive industries in our country (Amen), and say, "God sent us by here (All right) to say to you that you're not treating His children right. [Applause] And when we have our march, you need to be there. "I've Been to the Mountaintop" is the popular name of the last speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. King spoke on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis, Tennessee.On the following day, King was assassinated. The question is, "If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?" When the slaves get together, that's the beginning of getting out of slavery. metaphors "prescribe how to act" and give the audience the proper And whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can't ride your back unless it is bent. (All right) But I wouldn't stop there. Martin Luther King Jr.âs âI've Been To The Mountain Topâ speech is more of a promise from him to the African-Americans and all other people who were facing racial prejudice at the time that they will and they need to overcome these inequalities by joining forces with each other. (Go ahead) It really doesn't matter what happens now. And I want to say tonight [Applause], I want to say tonight that I, too, am happy that I didn't sneeze. Because I've been to the mountaintop. (All right) And every now and then we begin to wonder whether maybe they were not going down to Jerusalem, or down to Jericho, rather, to organize a Jericho Road Improvement Association. He knew a kind of physics that somehow didn't relate to the trans-physics that we knew about. But I â¦ Because Iâve been to the mountaintop. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy and his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about. metaphors of a given artifact and show how these specific metaphors are not Martin Luther King Jr. alluded to the parable of the Good Samaritan in his famous âIâve been to the Mountaintopâ speech, given on April 3, 1968 ât he day before he was assassinated, in Memphis, Tennessee. (Yeah) [Applause], I would even come up to the early thirties and see a man grappling with the problems of the bankruptcy of his nation, and come with an eloquent cry that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself." But I'm not concerned about that now. The most powerful and relevant of Kingâs metaphors, this metaphor reveals Kingâs hope for the nation to become the promised land. its potential. [Applause] It's all right to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day God's preacher must talk about the new New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. And I want to commend the preachers, under the leadership of these noble men: James Lawson, one who has been in this struggle for many years. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. That's power right there, if we know how to pool it. (That's right, Yeah) I call upon you to take your money out of the banks downtown and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank. He spoke on April 3, 1968 at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, a day before his assassination. We rented a car and drove from Jerusalem down to Jericho. And by the time you get down to Jericho fifteen or twenty minutes later, you're about twenty-two feet below sea level. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. [Applause] Now let us maintain unity. for a country that would be free of prejudice. (Yeah) [Applause] And if we are God's children, we don't have to live like we are forced to live. (Sure) You remember that a Levite (Sure) and a priest passed by on the other side; they didn't stop to help him. And I'm simply writing you to say that I'm so happy that you didn't sneeze." (Yes) [Applause]. coincidental, but instead serve as "symbols to construct reality" Jesus ended up saying this was the good man, this was the great man because he had the capacity to project the "I" into the "thou," and to be concerned about his brother. (Yes) Somehow the preacher must be an Amos, who said, "When God Speaks, who can but prophesy?" (Keep on), I would even come up to the day of the Renaissance and get a quick picture of all that the Renaissance did for the cultural and aesthetic life of man. Here, you can read a short presentation of our analysis of âIâve Been to the Mountaintopâ by Martin Luther King. Secondly, let us keep the issues where they are. [Applause]. [Applause] And I'm always happy to see a relevant ministry. That's the issue. [Applause] Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness. But Iâm not concerned about that now. This speech, was giving on April 3, 1968 at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, This was Martin Luther Kings last public appearance â¦ (Amen) But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. The only question I heard from her was, "Are you Martin Luther King?" Somewhere the preacher must have a kind of fire shut up in his bones (Yes), and whenever injustice is around he must tell it. [Laughter] It's always good to have your closest friend and associate to say something good about you, and Ralph Abernathy is the best friend that I have in the world. But I'm not concerned about that now. (Amen) Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. (Yeah) We've got to stay together and maintain unity. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. (Yes), But there was another letter (All right) that came from a little girl, a young girl who was a student at the White Plains High School. reveals King�s hope for the nation to become the promised land. It's all right to talk about long white robes over yonder, in all of its symbolism, but ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here. (Yes) Now about injunctions. He's been to jail for struggling; he's been kicked out of Vanderbilt University for this struggling; but he's still going on, fighting for the rights of his people. If I had sneezed (Yes), I wouldn't have been around here in 1961, when we decided to take a ride for freedom and ended segregation in interstate travel. [Applause] Now these are some practical things that we can do. That's the question. [Laughter] That's a possibility. And to be sure that all of the bags were checked, and to be sure that nothing would be wrong on the plane, we had to check out everything carefully. [, American Prophet: Online Course Companion, Freedom's Ring: King's "I Have a Dream" Speech. But Iâm not concerned about that now. Maybe they felt it was better to deal with the problem from the causal root, rather than to get bogged down with an individual effect. [Applause] And what is the other bread company, Jesse? And I don't mind. But I wouldn't stop there. "I've Been To The Mountaintop", by Martin Luther King Jr.Outside Sources: In the biography of Martin Luther King Jr, by The Official Website of the Nobel Peace Prize, his life and accomplishments are outlined. (Yes) Who is it that is supposed to articulate the longings and aspirations of the people more than the preacher? Note that this is not a comprehensive list and you are encouraged to look for other examples in â¦ P: (650) 723-2092 | F: (650) 723-2093 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Campus Map. Nov. 21, 2020. Survival demands that we grapple with them. We are telling you to follow what we're doing, put your money there. I can remember [Applause], I can remember when Negroes were just going around, as Ralph has said so often, scratching where they didn't itch and laughing when they were not tickled. I've Been to the Mountaintop: Metaphive Metaphors (and Other Figures of Speech) Quiz. [Applause] And we went before the fire hoses. It balances It's possible that those men were afraid. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. It also serves to promote King as a Moses type figure. We don't have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. [Applause], And also, in the human rights revolution, if something isn't done and done in a hurry to bring the colored peoples of the world out of their long years of poverty; their long years of hurt and neglect, the whole world is doomed. God in Christ headquarters in Memphis. That's a strange statement. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Political and Social Views, Martin Luther King, Jr. - Threats/attacks against, ) The masses of people are rising up. They didn't get around to that. (Amen) It's a marvelous picture. [Applause] Be concerned about your brother. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. (Go ahead) But I want you to know tonight (Yes), that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. Log In. Now let me say as I move to my conclusion that we've got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. In "I've Been to the Mountaintop," King reiterates his belief that violence is inferior to nonviolence as a means of effecting change; that violence makes it easy for oppressors to discredit their victims; and that violence compromises human unity in a way that threatens our very existence. (Oh yeah) And so the first question that the priest asked, the first question that the Levite asked was, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" © Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305. [Applause] If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. (Yeah) [Applause], We don't have to argue with anybody. The Mountaintop/Promised Land Metaphor. In this powerful piece, filmmaker Salomon Ligthelm creates a visual interpretation of King's final speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," using found archive footage. Metaphor Criticism is a method of criticism that documents the (That's right, Speak) [Applause], Now not only that, we've got to strengthen black institutions. Longevity has its place. (That's right) And we've come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda fair treatment where God's children are concerned. Reflection on MLKâs âIâve Been to the Mountaintopâ This year at Hanley Elementary a kindergartener was hit by a car while she was walking home from school. And I looked at that letter and I'll never forget it. (Yes sir) You know, several years ago I was in New York City autographing the first book that I had written. [Applause]. (Yes) I'm so happy that I didn't sneeze. (Yes sir) It came out in the New York Times the next morning that if I had merely sneezed, I would have died. But he got down with him, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. You know what happened the other day, and the press dealt only with the window breaking. But I wouldn't stop there. contains within it a discourse for action by way of the example of �The Good I would take my mental flight by Egypt (Yeah), and I would watch God's children in their magnificent trek from the dark dungeons of Egypt through, or rather, across the Red Sea, through the wilderness, on toward the Promised Land. It is very important to notice the style, imagery and structure he uses throughout the speech in particular the way he ends his speech, by leaving the audience at the climax. I still cringe at the thought of losing a student in the Hanley community. [Applause] We are going on. She said, "While it should not matter, I would like to mention that I'm a white girl. I just Longevity has its place. You reveal that you are determined [Audience:] (Right) to go on anyhow. Other articles where Iâve Been to the Mountaintop is discussed: assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Mountaintop Speech: On April 3 King was back in Memphis, where the city government had sought an injunction to prevent him from leading another march. You start out in Jerusalem, which is about twelve hundred miles, or rather, twelve hundred feet above sea level. the first two metaphors by seeing the nation not just by its problems, but by Here's the first part: Did you know that? (Yes) The question is not, "If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?" You see, the Jericho Road is a dangerous road. âWeâve got some difficult days ahead,â Martin Luther King, Jr., told an overflowing crowd in Memphis, Tennessee, on 3 April 1968, where the cityâs sanitation workers were striking. (Oh yeah), I would go on even to the great heyday of the Roman Empire (Yes), and I would see developments around there, through various emperors and leaders. 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