Monday, January 18, 2010

I have seen the mountaintop

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., I thought I'd post a picture I took during my trip to Memphis this fall. After all the wedding stuff and the obligatory visit to Graceland, some friends and I visited the the National Civil Rights Museum. If you're ever there, you MUST GO. Who cares about the freakin' Peabody Ducks? Go. To. The. Museum.

It's fascinating and chilling, horrifying and informative. And you can see the motel room where King was shot, preserved as it was that day.

And while I'm thinking about it, what wise and powerful words he had. So true today as they were in 1968.

"We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. 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."

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