These were the final public words spoken publicly by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the last night of his life, April 4th, 1968:
“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. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
His final private words, just prior to being shot at 6:01 pm, are reported to be to Ben Branch, a musician leading an event later that evening:
“Ben, make sure you play, ‘Take My Hand Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.”