The New World Order – The Rise and Fall of Nations

NWO, Secret Societies & Biblical Prophecy

A documentary by Leonard Ulrich. Leonard’s contention is that evil in this world is being supernaturally directed toward the emergence of the Antichrist in the very near future, and that the time has come to resist evil as never before. Step one, of course, is to recognize what’s happening–which, sadly, too many professing Christians do not.

This movie is a real eye-opener; it is a relatively short but extensive – history lesson which covers three main ideas:

  1.  NWO
  2. Secret Societies
  3. Biblical Prophecy

For background, here are a few links to documents Leonard mentioned during the interview:

  • George Washington’s letter to Rev. G.W. Snyder about Freemasons and the Illuminati
  • Albert Pike’s 1871 letter to Giuseppe Mazzini outlining three future world wars
  • Winston Churchill’s 1920 article Zionism versus Bolshevism
  • To contact Leonard about this project, send email to lulrich@mts.net.

NWO, Secret Societies & Biblical Prophecy Vol 1 (Revised)

Comments about Documentary

hupfernum 19 hours ago

Leonard, I congratulate you on a fine documentary; its delivery is flawless. To answer one of the last questions it poses, though, “Do you really think that secret societies could arrange hundreds of events over thousands of years?” Yes. I do. I have studied and learned much of what you have yet I fail to see the connection of sin, evil and god’s laws to secret societies and world domination. I propose that perhaps your eyes may still be clouded by your religious vision, my friend.

hupfernum 11 hours ago

It doesn’t matter, however, if you choose to remain god-fearing, Leonard. You and I… and the rest of us, are faced with a conundrum: what to do now that we know the truth. If you say accept Jesus, you lose me. If I say let go of religion, I lose you. I wish this weren’t so. What else can we do together to infiltrate the minds of people everywhere? If more folks had your intelligence, Leonard, there would be no NEED to control everyone like the conspirators plan.

TheHero189 1 day ago

Believe that Jesus Christ is the savior of all your sins. If you truly believe that Jesus Christ is the savior of all your sins then you will go to heaven forever. If you believe in Jesus Christ then you are saved and you are in salvation and you have gained god’s righteousness. It matters not how much you have sinned in the past, in the present and especially in the future. Believe that Jesus Christ is your savior and you will go to heaven forever and that is the whole truth. John 3:16-18. KJV

SnixSnixsFun 2 days ago

Wow I’ve never been soo deceived in my life knowing the truth! As of today you helped me open my eyes and gave me more insight I needed to see. Thank you. Gods trust in you is the one of the greatest purposes I have received. God Bless you, I hope to see you in heaven soon. ^^

SnixSnixsFun 2 days ago

Christianity is dedication to Christ! How dare anyone one blame me as a Christian or others! Not all Christians are the same, how about you blame the individual who you seek to hate instead of having hatred for a name that doesnt define a persons personality. When you hate you lose your faith more because your to focused on hate instead finding love and truth. Think before you speak because your following Lucifers ways.

CanadensisKrew 2 days ago

The truth hurts go be vegetated by what the media gives you

jamiewhittaker1981 2 days ago

what?? The point of this video is to show no matter how bad it is, or gets, with Jesus you will make it through. The elite, the ones that create this madness, are the ones that want you to blow your brain’s out. Its movie’s like this that help people unplug from their evil system. This and video’s like this give me hope. We greatly out number the elite, if we get enough people unplugged we can change the world!!!

Tahge Andrew 4 days ago

kennedy is telling you in this video whats the plan why u think they killed him

Tahge Andrew 4 days ago

Leave it to the government they are going to destroy your religion all in plan very reason the took it out of schools wake up this man is telling you the truth about ur own i can see why all of you are upset lol white people hate the truth about there own f—-ing them over

Mel O 3 days ago

As a teacher of history, you would be considered ignorant to believe that the history you have been indoctrinated with, isn’t to serve ‘their’ interest. History and research ‘assumes’ that all of the information is available to be found and studied, when throughout history, is it not at least substantiatable that information has been kept hidden, and/or destroyed!!?? As a History teacher ie indoctrinated indoctrinator, you would do well to watch the rest of this video to learn truth!!!

Mel O 3 days ago

Impossible, when it warns against what this system perpetuates and guides us to protect us. You’re denying the very real consequences of not practising what it preaches, and the prophecies that have been and are being fulfilled.

Andy H 1 week ago

AMERICA please look up, george hunt: the royal bank of canada and the enviromental hoax, This predicts americas economic collapse over 25 years ago, how and why. wake up, peace

eithwarner 1 week ago

Today’s Zionist Jews don’t “bless” anything. God’s blessing to Abraham passed to all twelve of Jacob’s sons, but the Jews threw that away when they started following the Babylonian Talmud. They call Mary a whore and Jesus a bastard, and say the goyim are lower than the animals.

jerometorreswk 1 week ago

interesting. What about ufo’s? And more on Revelation please. Still… interesting.

Andy H 1 week ago

its true that cash is needed to build this order but america has none, and what they do print , less countries accept it, so they attack them and lose more cash, they’re trying to hide the fact their on their ass due to the cold war that no one won. go bankrupt and split up the states like russia did. numpties

NarrowPathMatt714 1 week ago

The history is accurate here but as far as the future,on the 10 kingdoms, is up for debate. I think as time goes by this will become clearer. I’m not discounting, the fact that we are this far in the bible,is a good thing. Because we are this far in the bible…….

Onlythroughtheson3 1 week ago

thanks i enjoyed that. From what I know it seemed very accurate.

Enzo Salvador 2 weeks ago

This is a very good presentation that presents a very clear synopsis of world events. I don’t see a condemnation of the Jewish people presented here, but only a factual delivery of events as they occurred. There was a mixed multitude that came out of Egypt and God knows who were His people then and He will do the sorting, when His grace turns back toward the Nation of Israel

Trinder3467 2 weeks ago

As a Jew, I really hope that the world is run by – Jews. But, unfortunately, I realize that it’s not even half true.

libbie7777 2 weeks ago

there only two roads we serve God or weare still lost and not knowing that wear on satan side this is why bible says must be born again the first time we born separated from God in sin. we just need to ask the Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts. get a bible pray and read trust God to lead you from there. cause one you ask Christ in your heart he will give you holysprit and that is the one who gives is counsel and we can know Gods voice in our heart. some people have already chose sides

thefreshwater2727 2 weeks ago

As Jesus left the temple for the last time in Jerusalem He told the Jewish nation, “Your house is left to you desolate” because they failed to accept Him as the Messiah. Jews can be saved as individuals like anybody else – but as a nation they have rejected Jesus and hence, He has left them.

thefreshwater2727 2 weeks ago

Spiritual Israel are “His people” – the nation of Israel rejected Him when He came as the Messiah. Branches can be “cut off” and “grafted in” – The gospel went to the Gentiles after Stephen was stoned and the Jewish nation finalized their rejection of Christ. He will not reject His people as long as they trust in salvation through Him and obey the Moral Law – “If you love Me, keep my commandments.”

thefreshwater2727 2 weeks ago

“70 weeks (490 years) are determined upon thy people and upon the holy city, to finish the transgression,and to make an end of sins…in the midst of the 70th week the Messiah was cut off…Stephen was stoned (the 1st Christian martyr) Dan 9. 34 AD, the year of the final rejection of the Jews, marked the end of the 70 weeks that were “cut off” from the 2300 day (year) prophecy for the Jewish nation. The gospel went to the Gentiles making all believers spiritual Israel (His people). God bless

THEBLHEARTSFORGOD 1 week ago

Romans 2:29

But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Romans 9:6

It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.

Romans 9:8

In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.

THEBLHEARTSFORGOD 1 week ago

Matthew 3:9

And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

THEBLHEARTSFORGOD 1 week ago

1 Corinthians 7:19

19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God

Michael Albertsen 1 week ago

Jesus did not choose 2 B a Jew, in fact he choose 2 create a new way of thinking for humanity. He did not want a Religion in his image, but on his words, which were covered up, t World Order of that time: Jews. They denied the prophet Jesus that God gave them 2 sit on a Spiritual throne, not a literal one, they denied Him b/c they couldn’t, b/c of their idealized belief n 1 God. No need for begging if u believe then u r already forgiven n accepted, n do the same as I do. The Jews still deny Him

SHA8UTIE 1 day ago

Yeshua was Jewish and all of the disciples, except possibly Luke, were Jewish as well. It was Pharisees and their control that caused all of the problems. Jews were later executed or forced into slavery for not admitting that God is 3. God is not 3, he is 1. It is the false doctrine of the trinity, combined with the removal of God’s OT laws that is blinding them today, also completely correct. You see the Messiah CANNOT be against the Torah because that would disqualify him

LeonardUlrich 3 days ago

I welcome your challenge. Please explain this: “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” Rev. 3:9. Note that this verse is in the context of the Laodicean church period in which we now live. It is also echoed in Rev. 2:9. All the Russian communists were “Jews”. I gave you the prophetic history of this verse, and you chewed me out for it.

asas2jh 3 days ago

If I recall correctly the Jews don’t believe in Jesus

jamiewhittaker1981 1 day ago

I believe everyone is condemned without Jesus. Also I think every religion has been corrupted to some degree, mainly the symbols. Satan loves brainwashing! The triangle represents satan, an upside down triangle represents the fall of satan. The triangle is used because the number 6 is in every corner, 3 corners, 666! Put the triangles together and you got a pentagram or star. If interested check out “Sacred Knowledge: In Plain Sight (Decoded)” its like 4 hours long so I hope your bored!

SHA8UTIE 1 day ago

I don’t understand what that has to do with many Jewish people and Judaism itself. The symbols in the churches are FAR worst than anything we see involving Israel or Judaism today. Pagan ideas, designs and worship have completely corrupted much of today’s church. That does not condemn Christians or Christianity in any way.

jamiewhittaker1981 1 day ago

Con’t …. Oh and have you ever heard of the kkk??? They love that flag! I would think satans presents in the klu klux klan would be obvious.

SHA8UTIE 1 day ago

It doesn’t matter if the KKK loved that flag, that does not make the flag stand for something that it didn’t. That is a problem with the KKK, not with the flag or what the confederacy stood for.

If that poster said that he is a supporter of the former south because blacks should still be in slavery, that would be wrong. You can’t just assume that he believe that though. That was not the main cause for the civil war being fought.

jamiewhittaker1981 23 hours ago

Wow, that is incredibly naive. If the flag stands for nothing, why are they using it as their symbol? It matters big time. Oh and the civil war and every other war was built on a lie and funded on both sides by the Rothschilds. Satan loves war. I never said anything about the Jewish people being condemned, you did. I was simply pointing out that it doesn’t matter if your Jewish, Christian, or any other religion. Without Jesus we are condemned.

HopeForPeaceNow 1 day ago

DOes God embrace the 700,000 Palestinian refuggees Israel created in 1948 when they removed a native people from their lands by burning and murdering them?

Does Jesus condone that?

SETxAPART 2 weeks ago

I’m only 28 seconds into the video and I’ll continue watching, but I’ve got to say that I’m already pleased with seeing Psalm 2:1-2 up there. As Ephesians said, there are “rulers of darkness” present here now. I’ll say no more until I’ve watched more. God bless!

Enwazzirb 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed just about all of this and there were some great points made. But I’m not a fan of the Christian overtone throughout and in the end. I personally am not religious, but I am spiritual, and I have my own beliefs on this world, on life, and on death. I think it is important to be a free thinker; and you shouldn’t discourage free thinkers by saying that they are luciferians. Just because someone has their own beliefs does not mean that they’re evil or that evil has swayed them.

SETxAPART 2 weeks ago

I say this out of respect, but you will have to choose one day. Actually, the Bible said “Choose you this day whom you will serve. To not want Jesus Christ would automatically put you in the will of Lucifer/Satan. You may not be performing rituals, lighting candles, and conducting blood sacrifices, but to simply reject Jesus Christ is all the enemy is looking for. Free choice is given by God. He can’t make you turn to Him, but would encourage you to do so.

SETxAPART 2 weeks ago

Satan loves to work on free thinking for it is a way for him to feed you ideas that are contrary to the ways of God. He has confused and divided the church this way – by people who couldn’t take the Bible for what it was because they didn’t want to live to God’s standards. Thus, we have way too many denominations and way too many Bible translations. One thing’s for sure – if anyone tells you Jesus is not the way, the truth, or the life – that he is not the son of God, then they are antichrist.

thefreshwater2727 2 weeks ago

I am not trying to discourage you but the Bible says “If you are not for Me you are Against Me” there are only two sides in this spiritual battle. There are not three or maybe four sides to this battle – it is between good and evil and has been going on since the fall of Lucifer to this earth. The purpose being to rid the universe of sin and show the other angels and “worlds” (per the Bible) that sin can be overcome, in the strength of Jesus, by love. And that people will choose Him by Love.

sheridan1887 2 weeks ago

true bible-believing Christianity is not a religion and that is where most people make their mistake. We are making a choice here on this earth whether you believe it or not. The choice is Jesus Christ or satan/Lucifer, heaven or hell. Choose Jesus, choose life. choose satan, choose death. by not making any choice, or just being spiritual as you say, by default you are rejecting Jesus Christ and eternal life and therefore choosing death.

IsaRefreshingSpirit 2 weeks ago

You did an excellent job putting all of this together. I’m into Bible prophecy and what is happening today. Your video touched on many of my own research subjects. learned something new in the process! God bless you, brother!

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Martin Luther King Jr Assassination

King Assassination Report – 1968

Martin Luther King’s Assassination Report: Walter Cronkite had almost finished broadcasting the “CBS Evening News” when he received word of Martin Luther King’s assassination. His report detailed the shooting and the nation’s reaction to the tragedy. (CBSNews)

Last Speech: “I Have Been To The Mountaintop”

Martin Luther King Last Speech – An excerpt from the last speech given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee the next day on April 4, 1968.

I Have Been To The Mountaintop

Delivered 3rd April 1968, Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters), Memphis, Tennessee

Thank you very kindly, my friends. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy and his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about. It’s always good to have your closest friend and associate to say something good about you. And Ralph Abernathy is the best friend that I have in the world. I’m delighted to see each of you here tonight in spite of a storm warning. You reveal that you are determined to go on anyhow.

Something is happening in Memphis; something is happening in our world. And you know, if I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of taking a kind of general and panoramic view of the whole of human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, “Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?” I would take my mental flight by Egypt and I would watch God’s children in their magnificent trek from the dark dungeons of Egypt through, or rather across the Red Sea, through the wilderness on toward the promised land. And in spite of its magnificence, I wouldn’t stop there.

I would move on by Greece and take my mind to Mount Olympus. And I would see Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Euripides and Aristophanes assembled around the Parthenon. And I would watch them around the Parthenon as they discussed the great and eternal issues of reality. But I wouldn’t stop there.

I would go on, even to the great heyday of the Roman Empire. And I would see developments around there, through various emperors and leaders. But I wouldn’t stop there.

I would even come up to the day of the Renaissance, and get a quick picture of all that the Renaissance did for the cultural and aesthetic life of man. But I wouldn’t stop there.

I would even go by the way that the man for whom I am named had his habitat. And I would watch Martin Luther as he tacked his ninety-five theses on the door at the church of Wittenberg. But I wouldn’t stop there.

I would come on up even to 1863, and watch a vacillating President by the name of Abraham Lincoln finally come to the conclusion that he had to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. But I wouldn’t stop there.

I would even come up to the early thirties, and see a man grappling with the problems of the bankruptcy of his nation. And come with an eloquent cry that we have nothing to fear but “fear itself.” But I wouldn’t stop there.

Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, “If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the 20th century, I will be happy.”

Now that’s a strange statement to make, because the world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around. That’s a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding.

Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee — the cry is always the same: “We want to be free.”

And another reason that I’m happy to live in this period is that we have been forced to a point where we are going to have to grapple with the problems that men have been trying to grapple with through history, but the demands didn’t force them to do it. Survival demands that we grapple with them. Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.

And also in the human rights revolution, if something isn’t done, and done in a hurry, to bring the colored peoples of the world out of their long years of poverty, their long years of hurt and neglect, the whole world is doomed. Now, I’m just happy that God has allowed me to live in this period to see what is unfolding. And I’m happy that He’s allowed me to be in Memphis.

I can remember — I can remember when Negroes were just going around as Ralph has said, so often, scratching where they didn’t itch, and laughing when they were not tickled. But that day is all over. We mean business now, and we are determined to gain our rightful place in God’s world.

And that’s all this whole thing is about. We aren’t engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying — We are saying that we are God’s children. And that we are God’s children, we don’t have to live like we are forced to live.

Now, what does all of this mean in this great period of history? It means that we’ve got to stay together. We’ve got to stay together and maintain unity. You know, whenever Pharaoh wanted to prolong the period of slavery in Egypt, he had a favorite, favorite formula for doing it. What was that? He kept the slaves fighting among themselves. But whenever the slaves get together, something happens in Pharaoh’s court, and he cannot hold the slaves in slavery. When the slaves get together, that’s the beginning of getting out of slavery. Now let us maintain unity.

Secondly, let us keep the issues where they are. The issue is injustice. The issue is the refusal of Memphis to be fair and honest in its dealings with its public servants, who happen to be sanitation workers. Now, we’ve got to keep attention on that. That’s always the problem with a little violence. You know what happened the other day, and the press dealt only with the window-breaking. I read the articles. They very seldom got around to mentioning the fact that one thousand, three hundred sanitation workers are on strike, and that Memphis is not being fair to them, and that Mayor Loeb is in dire need of a doctor. They didn’t get around to that.

Now we’re going to march again, and we’ve got to march again, in order to put the issue where it is supposed to be — and force everybody to see that there are thirteen hundred of God’s children here suffering, sometimes going hungry, going through dark and dreary nights wondering how this thing is going to come out. That’s the issue. And we’ve got to say to the nation: We know how it’s coming out. For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.

We aren’t going to let any mace stop us. We are masters in our nonviolent movement in disarming police forces; they don’t know what to do. I’ve seen them so often. I remember in Birmingham, Alabama, when we were in that majestic struggle there, we would move out of the 16th Street Baptist Church day after day; by the hundreds we would move out. And Bull Connor would tell them to send the dogs forth, and they did come; but we just went before the dogs singing, “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around.”

Bull Connor next would say, “Turn the fire hoses on.” And as I said to you the other night, Bull Connor didn’t know history. He knew a kind of physics that somehow didn’t relate to the transphysics that we knew about. And that was the fact that there was a certain kind of fire that no water could put out. And we went before the fire hoses; we had known water. If we were Baptist or some other denominations, we had been immersed. If we were Methodist, and some others, we had been sprinkled, but we knew water. That couldn’t stop us.

”We Shall Overcome”

And we just went on before the dogs and we would look at them; and we’d go on before the water hoses and we would look at it, and we’d just go on singing “Over my head I see freedom in the air.” And then we would be thrown in the paddy wagons, and sometimes we were stacked in there like sardines in a can. And they would throw us in, and old Bull would say, “Take ’em off,” and they did; and we would just go in the paddy wagon singing, “We Shall Overcome.” And every now and then we’d get in jail, and we’d see the jailers looking through the windows being moved by our prayers, and being moved by our words and our songs. And there was a power there which Bull Connor couldn’t adjust to; and so we ended up transforming Bull into a steer, and we won our struggle in Birmingham. Now we’ve got to go on in Memphis just like that. I call upon you to be with us when we go out Monday.

Now about injunctions: We have an injunction and we’re going into court tomorrow morning to fight this illegal, unconstitutional injunction. All we say to America is, “Be true to what you said on paper.” If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. And so just as I say, we aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around, we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on.

We need all of you. And you know what’s beautiful to me is to see all of these ministers of the Gospel. It’s a marvelous picture. Who is it that is supposed to articulate the longings and aspirations of the people more than the preacher? Somehow the preacher must have a kind of fire shut up in his bones. And whenever injustice is around he tell it. Somehow the preacher must be an Amos, and saith, “When God speaks who can but prophesy?” Again with Amos, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Somehow the preacher must say with Jesus, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me,” and he’s anointed me to deal with the problems of the poor.”

And I want to commend the preachers, under the leadership of these noble men: James Lawson, one who has been in this struggle for many years; he’s been to jail for struggling; he’s been kicked out of Vanderbilt University for this struggle, but he’s still going on, fighting for the rights of his people. Reverend Ralph Jackson, Billy Kiles; I could just go right on down the list, but time will not permit. But I want to thank all of them. And I want you to thank them, because so often, preachers aren’t concerned about anything but themselves. And I’m always happy to see a relevant ministry.

It’s all right to talk about “long white robes over yonder,” in all of its symbolism. But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here! It’s all right to talk about “streets flowing with milk and honey,” but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can’t eat three square meals a day. It’s all right to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God’s preacher must talk about the new New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. This is what we have to do.

Now the other thing we’ll have to do is this: Always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal. Now, we are poor people. Individually, we are poor when you compare us with white society in America. We are poor. Never stop and forget that collectively — that means all of us together — collectively we are richer than all the nations in the world, with the exception of nine. Did you ever think about that? After you leave the United States, Soviet Russia, Great Britain, West Germany, France, and I could name the others, the American Negro collectively is richer than most nations of the world. We have an annual income of more than thirty billion dollars a year, which is more than all of the exports of the United States, and more than the national budget of Canada. Did you know that? That’s power right there, if we know how to pool it.

We don’t have to argue with anybody. We don’t have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. We don’t need any bricks and bottles. We don’t need any Molotov cocktails. We just need to go around to these stores, and to these massive industries in our country, and say, “God sent us by here, to say to you that you’re not treating his children right. And we’ve come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda fair treatment, where God’s children are concerned. Now, if you are not prepared to do that, we do have an agenda that we must follow. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you.”

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. 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. And then they can move on town — downtown and tell Mayor Loeb to do what is right.

But not only that, we’ve got to strengthen black institutions. I call upon you to take your money out of the banks downtown and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank. We want a “bank-in” movement in Memphis. Go by the savings and loan association. I’m not asking you something that we don’t do ourselves at SCLC. Judge Hooks and others will tell you that we have an account here in the savings and loan association from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. We are telling you to follow what we are doing. Put your money there. You have six or seven black insurance companies here in the city of Memphis. Take out your insurance there. We want to have an “insurance-in.”

Now these are some practical things that we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base. And at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts. I ask you to follow through here.

Now, let me say as I move to my conclusion that we’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. We’ve got to see it through. And when we have our march, you need to be there. If it means leaving work, if it means leaving school — be there. Be concerned about your brother. You may not be on strike. But either we go up together, or we go down together.

Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness. One day a man came to Jesus, and he wanted to raise some questions about some vital matters of life. At points he wanted to trick Jesus, and show him that he knew a little more than Jesus knew and throw him off base….

Now that question could have easily ended up in a philosophical and theological debate. But Jesus immediately pulled that question from mid-air, and placed it on a dangerous curve between Jerusalem and Jericho. And he talked about a certain man, who fell among thieves. You remember that a Levite and a priest passed by on the other side. They didn’t stop to help him. And finally a man of another race came by. He got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy. But he got down with him, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his brother.

Now you know, we use our imagination a great deal to try to determine why the priest and the Levite didn’t stop. At times we say they were busy going to a church meeting, an ecclesiastical gathering, and they had to get on down to Jerusalem so they wouldn’t be late for their meeting. At other times we would speculate that there was a religious law that “One who was engaged in religious ceremonials was not to touch a human body twenty-four hours before the ceremony.” And every now and then we begin to wonder whether maybe they were not going down to Jerusalem — or down to Jericho, rather to organize a “Jericho Road Improvement Association.” That’s a possibility. Maybe they felt that it was better to deal with the problem from the causal root, rather than to get bogged down with an individual effect.

But I’m going to tell you what my imagination tells me. It’s possible that those men were afraid. You see, the Jericho road is a dangerous road. I remember when Mrs. King and I were first in Jerusalem. We rented a car and drove from Jerusalem down to Jericho. And as soon as we got on that road, I said to my wife, “I can see why Jesus used this as the setting for his parable.” It’s a winding, meandering road. It’s really conducive for ambushing. You start out in Jerusalem, which is about 1200 miles — or rather 1200 feet above sea level. And by the time you get down to Jericho, fifteen or twenty minutes later, you’re about 2200 feet below sea level. That’s a dangerous road. In the days of Jesus it came to be known as the “Bloody Pass.” And you know, it’s possible that the priest and the Levite looked over that man on the ground and wondered if the robbers were still around. Or it’s possible that they felt that the man on the ground was merely faking. And he was acting like he had been robbed and hurt, in order to seize them over there, lure them there for quick and easy seizure. And so the first question that the priest asked — the first question that the Levite asked was, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

That’s the question before you tonight. Not, “If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to my job. Not, “If I stop to help the sanitation workers what will happen to all of the hours that I usually spend in my office every day and every week as a pastor?” The question is not, “If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?” That’s the question.

Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. And I want to thank God, once more, for allowing me to be here with you.

You know, several years ago, I was in New York City autographing the first book that I had written. And while sitting there autographing books, a demented black woman came up. The only question I heard from her was, “Are you Martin Luther King?” And I was looking down writing, and I said, “Yes.” And the next minute I felt something beating on my chest. Before I knew it I had been stabbed by this demented woman. I was rushed to Harlem Hospital. It was a dark Saturday afternoon. And that blade had gone through, and the X-rays revealed that the tip of the blade was on the edge of my aorta, the main artery. And once that’s punctured, your drowned in your own blood — that’s the end of you.

It came out in the New York Times the next morning, that if I had merely sneezed, I would have died. Well, about four days later, they allowed me, after the operation, after my chest had been opened, and the blade had been taken out, to move around in the wheel chair in the hospital. They allowed me to read some of the mail that came in, and from all over the states and the world, kind letters came in. I read a few, but one of them I will never forget. I had received one from the President and the Vice-President. I’ve forgotten what those telegrams said. I’d received a visit and a letter from the Governor of New York, but I’ve forgotten what that letter said. But there was another letter that came from a little girl, a young girl who was a student at the White Plains High School. And I looked at that letter, and I’ll never forget it. It said simply,

Dear Dr. King,

I am a ninth-grade student at the White Plains High School.”

And she said,

While it should not matter, I would like to mention that I’m a white girl. I read in the paper of your misfortune, and of your suffering. And I read that if you had sneezed, you would have died. And I’m simply writing you to say that I’m so happy that you didn’t sneeze.

And I want to say tonight — I want to say tonight that I too am happy that I didn’t sneeze. Because if I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1960, when students all over the South started sitting-in at lunch counters. And I knew that as they were sitting in, they were really standing up for the best in the American dream, and taking the whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1961, when we decided to take a ride for freedom and ended segregation in inter-state travel.

If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1962, when Negroes in Albany, Georgia, decided to straighten their backs up. And whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent.

If I had sneezed — If I had sneezed I wouldn’t have been here in 1963, when the black people of Birmingham, Alabama, aroused the conscience of this nation, and brought into being the Civil Rights Bill.

If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have had a chance later that year, in August, to try to tell America about a dream that I had had.

If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been down in Selma, Alabama, to see the great Movement there.

If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been in Memphis to see a community rally around those brothers and sisters who are suffering.

I’m so happy that I didn’t sneeze.

And they were telling me –. Now, it doesn’t matter, now. It really doesn’t matter what happens now. I left Atlanta this morning, and as we got started on the plane, there were six of us. The pilot said over the public address system, “We are sorry for the delay, but we have Dr. Martin Luther King on the plane. And to be sure that all of the bags were checked, and to be sure that nothing would be wrong with on the plane, we had to check out everything carefully. And we’ve had the plane protected and guarded all night.”

And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?

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!

And 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!!

Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
    — “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” 16 April 1963
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
    — Speech in St. Louis, Missouri, March 22, 1964
  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbour will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.
    — Strength to Love (1963)
  • We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
    — “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
  • I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
    — “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963
  • Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
    — Strength to Love (1963)
  • 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 . . . So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.
    — “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, April 3, 1968 (the day before his assassination)
  • If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
    — Speech in Detroit, Michigan on June 23, 1963
  • The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
    — Strength to Love (1963), Ch. 7
  • Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
    — “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
    — “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963
  • I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for the law.
    — “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
  • It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.
    — Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 13, 1962
  • A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.
    — Strength to Love (1963)
  • We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
    — “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
  • I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.
    — Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964
  • Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
    — “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
  • We were here before the mighty words of the Declaration of Independence were etched across the pages of history. Our forebears labored without wages. They made cotton ‘king’. And yet out of a bottomless vitality, they continued to thrive and develop. If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. . . . Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny.
    — “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
  • Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
    — “Where do we go from here?” speech, August 16, 1967
  • When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”
    — “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963