Interesting, that wasn’t assassinated until he started sounding like & They l…

Interesting, that #MLK wasn’t assassinated until he started sounding like #MarcusGarvey & #MalcolmX. They love filtering his legacy and the narrative of what they want you to know about him through the “I have a dream” speech to the masses instead of showing you the meat in his last speech before he was assassinated. Take a look at what he said towards black economic power in his last speech: “Now the other thing we’ll have to do is this: Always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal. Now, we are poor people. Individually, we are poor when you compare us with white society in America. We are poor. Never stop and forget that collectively — that means all of us together — collectively we are richer than all the nations in the world, with the exception of nine. Did you ever think about that? After you leave the United States, Soviet Russia, Great Britain, West Germany, France, and I could name the others, the American Negro collectively is richer than most nations of the world. We have an annual income of more than thirty billion dollars a year, which is more than all of the exports of the United States, and more than the national budget of Canada. Did you know that? That’s power right there, if we know how to pool it…… ……But not only that, we’ve got to strengthen black institutions. I call upon you to take your money out of the banks downtown and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank. We want a “bank-in” movement in Memphis. Go by the savings and loan association. I’m not asking you something that we don’t do ourselves at SCLC. Judge Hooks and others will tell you that we have an account here in the savings and loan association from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. We are telling you to follow what we are doing. Put your money there. You have six or seven black insurance companies here in the city of Memphis. Take out your insurance there. We want to have an “insurance-in.” Now these are some practical things that we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base.”– I’ve Been to the Mountaintop

delivered 3 April 1968, Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters), Memphis, Tennessee


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