About The Mountaintop
It is the evening of April 3, 1968 and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is trying to unwind in room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis,
Tennessee. He has just finished giving a speech at the Mason Temple in front of the congregation in support of the African American striking
sanitation workers. There Dr. King delivered his famous "I've been to the Mountaintop" speech.
Near the end of the speech, he spoke these prophetic words:
" We've got some difficult days ahead.
But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop.
And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life.
Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. 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! And so I'm happy, tonight. I'm not
worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. My eyes have seen the
glory of the coming of the Lord!"
Dr.King is at a turning point in his life where is questions the success of the civil rights movement and his value to the cause. An attractive
young hotel maid by the name of Camae comes to the room. She is in awe of standing in front of the famous Martin Luther King, Jr, and he,
revealing his human side, in awe of her beauty. He invites her to sit awhile and talk with him. Their conversation lasts deep into the night
and into the next morning covering topics both political and personal such as his children, and the future of the civil rights movement.
We come to realize that she is there for one reason, to ensure that Dr. King confronts his own mortality, ensures the future of his people, and
embraces the inevitable.