“Whenever Pharaoh wanted to prolong the period of slavery in Egypt, he had a favorite, favorite formula for doing it. What was that? He kept the slaves fighting among themselves. But whenever the slaves get together, something happens in Pharaoh's court, and he cannot hold the slaves in slavery. When the slaves get together, that's the beginning of getting out of slavery.”
Dr. King delivered his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech in a church packed with union members and others on this date in 1968. He had returned to Memphis to stand with striking AFSCME sanitation workers, and was assassinated the following day.