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Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic
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Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic: His Final, Great Speech

Keith D. Miller

Abstract

In his final speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his support of African American garbage workers on strike in Memphis. Although some consider this oration his finest, it is mainly known for its concluding two minutes, wherein King compares himself to Moses and seems to predict his own assassination. But King gave an hour-long speech, and the concluding segment can only be understood in relation to the whole. King scholars generally focus on his theology, not his relation to the Bible or the circumstance of a Baptist speaking in a Pentecostal setting. Even th ... More

Keywords: assassination, Bible, sermons, rhetoric, Judaism, Martin Luther King, Memphis, Christianity, Pentecostals, speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781617031083
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031083.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith D. Miller, author