In a special segment with Revolt TV, Miami rapper Rick Ross touched on the legacy of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While speaking on Dr. King, Ross recalled chatting with an older man about Dr. King while in Memphis, Tennessee.
According to the Maybach Music Group helmsman, the man complimented Dr. King on his “I Have A Dream” speech, but shared his belief that the speech that got Dr. King murdered was delivered shortly before his death.
“We all carry that burden to continue the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Ross said during the REVOLT TV interview. “We all are responsible for making sure that resonates with everybody else that’s underneath us and around us. That was most definitely a very peaceful, very powerful, influential brother. I actually was having a conversation with another older gentleman and I was just asking about Martin Luther King. We was actually in Memphis. This brother was like, ‘The ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, that was a beautiful speech. Powerful speech. Powerful speech.’ They said ‘But that’s not the speech that got the brother murdered.’ I said ‘It’s not?’ I said ‘What was?’”
Ross says the man then revealed that in that particular speech, Dr. King called for black people to begin buying land.
“He said, ‘Brother Martin gave a speech at a church a few days before he was murdered. Telling black people to buy land. Buy all the land you can. We need land.’ And I’m just looking at the brother. He said ‘You remember that. You remember that.’ I said ‘I’m gonna remember that, Pops.’ Him telling me that, man it just let me know it’s so much that I don’t know about the brother. His name will live forever.”
Delivered one day before Dr. King’s death on April 4, 1968, the speech Ross may have been referring to was the late leader’s “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech. Dr. King’s “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech was made on April 3, 1968 at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. In his speech, Dr. King calls for a boycott against Coca-Cola, Wonder Bread and other products before calling on those in attendance to “strengthen black institutions.”
“And so, as a result of this, we are asking you tonight, to go out and tell your neighbors not to buy Coca-Cola in Memphis,” Dr. King said, according to AmericanRhetoric.com. “Go by and tell them not to buy Sealtest milk. Tell them not to buy — what is the other bread? — Wonder Bread. And what is the other bread company, Jesse? Tell them not to buy Hart’s bread. As Jesse Jackson has said, up to now, only the garbage men have been feeling pain; now we must kind of redistribute the pain. We are choosing these companies because they haven’t been fair in their hiring policies; and we are choosing them because they can begin the process of saying they are going to support the needs and the rights of these men who are on strike…But not only that, we’ve got to strengthen black institutions.”
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