Martin Luther King Jr.’s Mountaintop Speech Was More Than Brilliant Rhetorical Art, According to Prof. Scott Newstok

Dr. Scott Newstok, associate professor of English at Rhodes, has published an article about the” I′ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered at Mason Temple on April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated.

“We rightly associate Martin Luther King’s oratorical eloquence with his vocation as a Baptist minister, following his father and grandfather before him. But King also emerged from the rhetorical tradition of the liberal arts, transforming the sources with which he engaged throughout his too-brief life,” writes Newstok in the article published in Chapter 16, a digital publication of Humanities Tennessee.

Read it here.