Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was a wonderful orator with the booming voice of a minister. He gave mesmerizing speeches that touched the heart and minds of all Americans. A proponent of civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance, King made even diehard racists look again at their beliefs.
His last speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968 was his famous, "I have a Dream speech." Read the passage below and see if you think he had a premonition of his own death.
. . . And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man.Even if he did suspect his time was near, he would not take additional precautions. He was used to the bombs, telephone calls and death threats that plagued his last years on Earth. He was a man of the people and he wanted to be where they were. He was shot and died among his followers on April 4.