How long?

It has been 54 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed. As long as between the date of his death and 1914. A long, long time. Yet here we are still fighting for the world he envisioned, a world where people would be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

We must press on.

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead,” Martin Luther King, Jr., told an overflowing crowd in Memphis, Tennessee, on 3 April 1968, where the city’s sanitation workers were striking. “But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop … 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.” Less than 24 hours after these prophetic words, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray.

Today, take a moment with his favorite hymn, the hymn he requested shortly before his death, “Take Me Home, Precious Lord’ and gather strength to continue his fight, all of our fight, toward the promised land:


  1. Matt · January 16

    U2 is my favorite band. Their song is based on Psalms 40. Bono and his band mates are awesome. There is nothing like singing this song with the whole crowd at the end of one of their concerts. Its message is so applicable to so much in our world.

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    • Shari Swanson · January 16

      I just learned that. Also, Bono has a book out, a memoir, with this in the audio version, and a new record coming out in March. I’m looking forward to it! Very moving song.


      • Matt · January 16

        I just finished his book and it was great to learn so much more about Bono and the band. U2 is the best!

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      • Shari Swanson · January 16

        I will need to read it, too! Looking forward to the album


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