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'I Have a Dream' was not King's last speech

Can you settle a friendly dispute I have with a friend? I always thought the "I Have a Dream" speech was Martin Luther King's last speech. A friend said I was wrong. Who's right?

— Eric M., Grants Pass

We hate to disappoint you, Eric, but actually, King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, five years before his assassination in Memphis.Still, the "I have been to the mountaintop" speech delivered just one day before the assassination also is well-known, even prophetic.

Delivered on April 3, 1968, to striking sanitation workers in Memphis, King told the story of how he had been stabbed in the chest in New York City some years earlier. Later in the speech, he mentioned concerns raised about threats being made against him.

At the end of the speech, King said he had seen the promised land, but he may not get there with the audience. But he vowed that the listeners would one day get to the promised land. He said he wasn't worried about anything and he didn't fear any man, but put his faith in the Lord.

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