was 9 years old when my dad, the late Bishop W. L. Porter, who oversaw
all the properties for the Church Of God In Christ, allowed The Poor People’s
Campaign to use Mason Temple, the COGIC World Headquarters, on that rainy
night of April 3, 1969.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a packed gathering, and no one imagined that this would be his last speech.
The widely known “Mountaintop Speech” has been herald across the globe as prophetic of Dr. King Jr.’s own destiny. He spoke, “I may not get there with you, but we as a people will get to the promise land!” Some would suggest that “the promised land” Dr. King referenced was heaven, while others suggest it pointed toward the prominence and prowess of Washington DC—yes, The Whitehouse! Both places work for me because, while we need a consciousness for Washington DC, we must have the goal of Heaven.
Brothers and sisters, let’s not forget the struggles our forebearers went through to bring us to where we are today. That way we won’t neglect to pave the way for generations behind us tomorrow!
Happy MLKJ Day!
From Your Friend,
Bishop Brandon. B. Porter
(My dad, Bishop W. L. Porter, standing next to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. right before he gave the “Mountaintop Speech,” April 3, 1968)
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