On Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects:

I’ll never forget my visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, a museum honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s in the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated as he leant over the balcony in front of his room, #306. Dr. King was in Memphis to support striking African American sanitation workers demanding equal pay to their white counterparts. Room #306 has been preserved, and the motel transformed into a testament to Dr. King’s legacy.

The day before he died, Dr. King delivered his “Mountaintop” speech. I’d like to leave words from this speech with you; they are words for our times:

“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’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.”

Be safe, be well, climb to the mountaintop,
Cerise and all of us at White Snake Projects, An Activist Opera Company