By Dr. Bertha Borum
As we prepare to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, experience tells us that there will be countless recitations of his “I Have a Dream” speech or the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” prophetic declaration.
Anyone who had not lived through the magnificent moment of his leadership in the movement and his insistent call for non-violent resistance and protest throughout the carrying out of the mission to demand racial, social, and economic equality for all, might be misled into thinking these two masterpieces were all he said of consequence.
Nothing could be further from the truth. For history documents that Dr. King, between his emergence as a leader in the in Civil Rights Movement after the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and his assassination in 1968, traveled over 6 million miles, spoke more than 2,500 times, and delivered 450 major speeches or sermons for the cause.