Martin Luther King on Barack Obama
Nov 4, 2008
Martin Luther King’s final speech before his assassination seems highly resonant with Barack Obama’s projected victory (12 noon, Hong Kong time):
We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it 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. And I’m happy, tonight.
As someone who grew up in Virginia – capital of the Confederacy and a state supporting apartheid-like policies within my lifetime – I am pleased that the election was called following Virginia’s support for Obama.