Interview with William Lucy
QUESTION 38
PAUL STECKLER:

That's good. Mountaintop speech. What do you most remember during that speech and what was going on that night?

WILLIAM LUCY:

The, the mountaintop speech, ah, took place on an evening, I guess that you could say was perfect for the kind of speech that it was. It was, ah, an inspiring speech, one that Dr. King, ah, had really given what appeared to be a good deal of thought to. Ah, it told about his personal experiences, both high points and low points. Ah, it wove into it a message that the strikers were entitled to continue their struggle, and certainly entitled to a broad base of support, ah, that they had built across the city. Ah, he then, you know, went on to, to, to talk about the vision, ah, that he saw both for them and for himself. Ah, and it was one of the most dramatic speeches I've ever heard. And there was not, ah, down, it was not negative, it was really very, very high. Ah, when it ended, ah, I mean, the, the, the entire church at Mason Temple just went, went wild with excitement. I mean he had touched a chord, ah, that was, that was so deeply rooted in all of the people, ah, it went far beyond the strikers, ah, ah, to community people, and he had shared with them his, his view of not only himself but his role in, ah, in society.