Modified on: January 11, 2018

“Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his final speech (“I’ve Been To the Mountaintop,” delivered April 3, 1968 in Memphis, TN)

Much will happen over the next few days. And through it all, we will be challenged once more by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King asked us to risk ourselves for each other, to stand together across the differences used to divide us, to create a society where everyone belongs, where everyone has opportunity, where everyone is praised as beautiful, just as we each are.

In his last speech, he challenged those in attendance—and so each of us who will listen—to risk ourselves on behalf of one another.

He said, “Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point… We’ve got to see it through. Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be.”

The work is not finished.


Let us risk ourselves for each other, for the world we can create—


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