A Step Closer to the Promised Land

December 11, 2008

One of the most poignant historical images in the life of black America depicted a group of black sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., in February 1968, who were striking for improved and safer working conditions. These men carried signs saying “I Am A Man” as they looked both defiant and desperate at the same time. They had been beaten, tear-gassed and demeaned by national guardsmen during their nonviolent demonstrations. The strike started after two Memphis garbage workers were crushed by a malfunctioning truck.
In the midst of this situation came the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the strike had struck at the heart of the civil-rights movement. On April 3rd Dr. King was persuaded to speak at Mason Temple Church Of God In Christ in support of the striking workers. It was in this setting that King gave his famous mountaintop speech.
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