Fifty-four years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis at age 39. King was shot while standing on the balcony of his hotel room while in town in support of a strike by the city’s Black sanitation workers, who were protesting for better pay and enhanced safety measures after the accidental death of two workers while on duty. The strike had attracted the attention and support of various groups like the NAACP, and King personally came to support the workers and their cause. The day before his death, King delivered his last speech, often referred to as “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” and has been remembered for his closing words that seemed to predict his death. But even before King told his listeners that “I may not get there with you,” the words he delivered that day deserve to be remembered today.