I've been reading a bit about Martin Luther King Jr's prophetic last speech, given April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. It's so important to have heroes like Dr. King. After all the obstacles he came up against, all the resistance, all the threats, he stood strong. On what would be his last night, when he was feeling too ill to speak, he still came up to that microphone to do what he did best. He strengthened others through his words. He gave them power. He was fearless so they could be fearless.
You can read the entire Mountaintop speech at American RadioWorks.
In honor of the day, here are a couple reviews of two excellent children's books about civil rights:
- Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
- Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Get Weary