'The Mountaintop' Imagines Martin Luther King's Final Hours

Friday, September 23, 2011

In April of 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave an eerily prescient speech. "I just want to do God's will,"  he said. "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!" King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee the following day. A new Broadway play called "The Mountaintop" imagines what King's private moments in his hotel room were like in the hours leading up to his death. The play stars Samuel L. Jackson as King and Angela Bassett as Camae, a maid in the Lorraine Hotel.

Katori Hall, author of "The Mountaintop," discusses her new work.


Katori Hall

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

THOMAS WINSTON from richmond va

I believe this will be a powerful play perform by extraordinary entertainers about dr king that we didnt always see.samuel l jackson would be perfect as dr king.i cant wait to see this play.Peace to all.

Sep. 23 2011 08:07 PM

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