[Photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, the day before his assassination, with his Aide Jesse Jackson; Inscribed and Signed by Jackson].
Copy photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, the evening before his assassination, with his aide Jesse Jackson. Jackson had traveled in advance of King as part of a team to Memphis to make preparations for a peaceful march in support of garbage workers and to get young Black militants there to commit to nonviolence. King spoke at the Mason Temple on the evening of April 3, 1968, delivering his celebrated “Mountain Top” speech.
The photograph is inscribed and signed by Jackson many years after King’s death and references King’s “Mountain Top” speech delivered shortly after the photograph was taken. The full inscription: “Chris — Keep Hope Alive! Jesse Jackson 12/21/96 This picture was taken the night before the mountain top speech!”
King’s speech included the immortal words: “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. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”
Description: [Photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, the day before his assassination, with his Aide Jesse Jackson; Inscribed and Signed by Jackson].
[America, c.1996]. Photograph. 8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.