(Amen) But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. At times we say they were busy going to a church meeting, an ecclesiastical gathering, and they had to get on down to Jerusalem so they wouldn't be late for their meeting. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. That's a dangerous road. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. We begin the process of building a greater economic base, and at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts. [Applause] Now these are some practical things that we can do. King�s (Yeah) And every now and then we'd get in jail, and we'd see the jailers looking through the windows being moved by our prayers (Yes) and being moved by our words and our songs. Championing a nonviolent movement for social equality, Martin Luther King, Jr., became the catalyst for monumental change. (Yeah) [Applause] Go by and tell them not to buy Sealtest milk. We have an annual income of more than thirty billion dollars a year, which is more than all of the exports of the United States and more than the national budget of Canada. King�s metaphoric use is powerfully demonstrated That's the question. Longevity has its place. But Jesus immediately pulled that question from midair and placed it on a dangerous curve between Jerusalem and Jericho. (All right), I would move on by Greece, and take my mind to Mount Olympus. (Yes) Somehow the preacher must say with Jesus, "The spirit of the Lord is upon me (Yes), because He hath anointed me (Yes), and He's anointed me to deal with the problems of the poor." But I'm not concerned about that now. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy and his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about. [Applause] And when we have our march, you need to be there. And we've had the plane protected and guarded all night.". And in spite of its magnificence, I wouldn't stop there. (Yeah) And as soon as we got on that road I said to my wife, "I can see why Jesus used this as the setting for his parable." And I've â¦ (All right) [Applause] Now I'm just happy that God has allowed me to live in this period, to see what is unfolding. (Yes) And there was a power there which Bull Connor couldn't adjust to (All right), and so we ended up transforming Bull into a steer, and we on our struggle in Birmingham. King noted that the first question that the Levite and the Priest asked was, And by the time you get down to Jericho fifteen or twenty minutes later, you're about twenty-two feet below sea level. (Yes sir) He got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy. And I've looked over. (Yes) Somewhere I read (Yes) that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. I call upon you to be with us when we go out Monday. That is where we are today. (Yes) Who is it that is supposed to articulate the longings and aspirations of the people more than the preacher? 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. And they were telling me. 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. It And I don't mind. (Yeah, All right) Something is happening in Memphis, something is happening in our world. If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have had a chance later that year, in August, to try to tell America about a dream that I had had. Somewhere I read (Yes) of the freedom of speech. We rented a car and drove from Jerusalem down to Jericho. the first two metaphors by seeing the nation not just by its problems, but by [Laughter] That's a possibility. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Political and Social Views, Martin Luther King, Jr. - Threats/attacks against, ) The masses of people are rising up. [Applause], And so, as a result of this, we are asking you tonight (Amen) to go out and tell your neighbors not to buy Coca-Cola in Memphis. But Iâm not concerned about that now. Gratitude in the workplace: How gratitude can improve your well-being and â¦ 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. And they did, and we would just go on in the paddy wagon singing, "We Shall Overcome." (That's right, Speak) [Applause], Now not only that, we've got to strengthen black institutions. Take out your insurance there. When the slaves get together, that's the beginning of getting out of slavery. "I've Been to the Mountaintop" Speech Analysis During the 1960s, the fight for racial equality began to really pick up speed. (Yes) Not, "If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to my job?" (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?" We don't need any bricks and bottles; we don't need any Molotov cocktails. Longevity has its place. And that blade had gone through, and the X rays revealed that the tip of the blade was on the edge of my aorta, the main artery. (Yes) [Applause]. 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. This speech, was giving on April 3, 1968 at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, This was Martin Luther Kings last public appearance â¦ I still cringe at the thought of losing a student in the Hanley community. Now what does all this mean in this great period of history? Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Allusion means making an indirect reference to a person, event, or literature that helps with the purpose of the speech. And that was the fact that there was a certain kind of fire that no water could put out. Note that this is not a comprehensive list and you are encouraged to look for other examples in â¦ And I've looked over. Now the other thing we'll have to do is this: always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal. Menu. But we knew water. (Yeah) [Applause], I would come on up even to 1863 and watch a vacillating president by the name of Abraham Lincoln finally come to the conclusion that he had to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. I've Been to the Mountaintop I'm a little late getting to this today, but I wanted to post MLK's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, the one he gave the evening before his death. This speech was given the day before P: (650) 723-2092 | F: (650) 723-2093 | email@example.com | Campus Map. What is visual communication and why it matters; Nov. 20, 2020. And then they can move on downtown and tell Mayor Loeb to do what is right. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the best known, yet mostly unheard speeches in American history, his âMountaintopâ speech. contains within it a discourse for action by way of the example of �The Good [Applause continues] Like anybody, I would like to live a long lifeâlongevity has its place. And I want to say tonight [Applause], I want to say tonight that I, too, am happy that I didn't sneeze. And I don't mind. (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." Let us stand with a greater determination. where men and women are being beaten for dead on the side of the road. This metaphor describes the state of the nation as a dangerous place The question is, "If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?" In the spring of 1968, King traveled to Memphis to support the 1,300 striking sanitation workers protesting low wages and unfit working conditions. But I wouldn't stop there. throughout his speech and serves as road maps for his audience to understand PowToons Speech Analysis: Colin Olesky, BoÅ¾idar MiletiÄ, Michael Weed. 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. For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory. (All right) If we were Baptist or some other denominations, we had been immersed. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. (Yeah) We've got to stay together and maintain unity. (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. The next minute I felt something beating on my chest. You may not be on strike (Yeah), but either we go up together or we go down together. [Applause] Now we've got to keep attention on that. It said simply, "Dear Dr. King: I am a ninth-grade student at the White Plains High School." Log In. The Mountaintop/Promised Land Metaphor. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee, the cry is always the same: "We want to be free." Here, you can read a short presentation of our analysis of âIâve Been to the Mountaintopâ by Martin Luther King. 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. And we'd just go on singing, "Over my head, I see freedom in the air." And I read that if you had sneezed, you would have died. 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. [Applause] This is what we have to do. (Yeah)[Applause] Tell them not to buy–what is the other bread?–Wonder Bread. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. God in Christ headquarters in Memphis. (All right) And they would throw us in, and old Bull would say, "Take 'em off." We want to have an "insurance-in." (Yes sir) It came out in the New York Times the next morning that if I had merely sneezed, I would have died. metaphors of a given artifact and show how these specific metaphors are not 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?" And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out (Yeah), or what would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. âIâve Been to the Mountaintopâ by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this speech in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968 â the day before he was assassinated. Well, I don't know what will happen now; we've got some difficult days ahead. [Laughter], But I'm going to tell you what my imagination tells me. And while sitting there autographing books, a demented black woman came up. [Applause] It's all right to talk about streets flowing with milk and honey, but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here and His children who can't eat three square meals a day. (Yes) Again with Amos, "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." We don't have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. King Jr. delivered this speech on April 3. (All right) But I wouldn't stop there. But I wouldn't stop there. [Applause] Reverend Ralph Jackson, Billy Kyles; I could just go right on down the list, but time will not permit. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. Now we are poor people, individually we are poor when you compare us with white society in America. Because if I had sneezed (All right), I wouldn't have been around here in 1960 (Well), when students all over the South started sitting-in at lunch counters. [Applause] We are choosing these companies because they haven't been fair in their hiring policies, and we are choosing them because they can begin the process of saying they are going to support the needs and the rights of these men who are on strike. In what follows, we will look at some of the most-used rhetorical devices in âIâve Been to the Mountaintopâ, giving you examples from the speech. (Yes) Go by the savings and loan association. (Yeah) [Applause] We want a "bank-in" movement in Memphis. One day a man came to Jesus and he wanted to raise some questions about some vital matters of life. Secondly, let us keep the issues where they are. He spoke on April 3, 1968 at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, a day before his assassination. For more information on Martin Luther King Jr. Fifty years ago this week, the Rev. metaphors "prescribe how to act" and give the audience the proper âIâve Been to the Mountaintopâ was the last speech delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. And Heâs allowed me to go up to the mountain. But I'm not concerned about that now. "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. But I â¦ We are determined to be people. He knew a kind of physics that somehow didn't relate to the trans-physics that we knew about. Because Iâve been to the mountaintop. King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4th, 1968. And once that's punctured you're drowned in your own blood, that's the end of you. [, American Prophet: Online Course Companion, Freedom's Ring: King's "I Have a Dream" Speech. Finally, a man of another race came by. (Yeah) The masses of people are rising up. At this point in his ministry, he had broadened his mission, speaking out not only for racial justice but also for greater (There you go) And I ask you to follow through here. But I'm not concerned about that now. (Yes) It's really conducive for ambushing. Longevity has its place. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. The only question I heard from her was, "Are you Martin Luther King?" If it means leaving work, if it means leaving school, be there. (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. 1-The Sick Nation Metaphor 2- The Jericho Road Metaphor 3-The Mountaintop/Promised Land Metaphor The Mountaintop/Promised Land Metaphor Metaphors Conclusion "Like anybody, I would like to live - a long life; longevity has its place. And I'm simply writing you to say that I'm so happy that you didn't sneeze." [Applause] You have six or seven black insurance companies here in the city of Memphis. If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have been in Memphis to see a community rally around those brothers and sisters who are suffering. As a teen, he did very well in â¦ Martin Luther King Jr.�s �I�ve Been to the Mountaintop�. [Applause] As Jesse Jackson has said, up to now only the garbage men have been feeling pain. Somewhere the preacher must have a kind of fire shut up in his bones (Yes), and whenever injustice is around he must tell it. [Applause] If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. King Jr. delivered this speech on April 3rd 1968 at the Church of (Yeah) [Applause], We don't have to argue with anybody. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. [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. [Applause] Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness. 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. [Applause] And so just as I say we aren't going to let any dogs or water hoses turn us around, we aren't going to let any injunction turn us around. Metaphor Criticism is a method of criticism that documents the The speech primarily concerns the Memphis Sanitation Strike.King â¦ We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. (Yeah) At other times we would speculate that there was a religious law that one who was engaged in religious ceremonials was not to touch a human body twenty-four hours before the ceremony. Not, "If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to all of the hours that I usually spend in my office every day and every week as a pastor?" "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. I'd received a visit and a letter from the governor of New York, but I've forgotten what that letter said. (All right), Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty and say, "If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the twentieth century, I will be happy." [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. I had received one from the president and the vice president; I've forgotten what those telegrams said. [Applause], Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. (Yeah) And he talked about a certain man who fell among thieves.