“We, As a People, Will Get to the Promised Land…

Today in History, April 3, 1968:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his “I have been to the mountaintop” speech at Memphis, Tennessee. The speech supported striking workers, civil rights, the Constitution, and, comments that if his death were to come he would be at peace. Because he had been “to the mountaintop” as Moses had, and had seen the future success of his works.

The next day an assassin would end Doctor King’s life.

But not his dream.

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really 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. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

The Pony Express


Today in History, April 3: 1860 – The First Pony Express mail is run. The riders would change horse about every 15 miles to cover the 1,800 miles between St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA in an average of 10 days…lightning fast for those days. The Pony Express was romanticized and became the stuff of legend, with the likes of 14-year-old William Cody (Buffalo Bill later) making the run. It would only last until October of 1861 (about 18 months) when the first transcontinental telegraph line rendered it obsolete.