Rick Ross Says Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Name Will Live Forever"

posted Monday January 20 ,2014 at 03:05PM CST | 68 comments

Rick Ross Says Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s

Rick Ross speaks on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., says there's a lot he doesn't know about the late civil rights leader.

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.”

RELATED: Is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream Deferred? [Editorials]

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  • Anonymous
    Ross is really playing the PR game lately.
  • Hannibal Montana
    Who remembers when this sellout dissed Tony Yayo for wearing Reebok's and Carhartt jeans...he specifically mocked someone over their Reebok and said he's a fly dude because he wears Gucci and LV. LOL Couple years later and Officer Ricky is rapping about his Reeboks with Reebok logos on everything. Funny how money changes people and turns them into walking, talking contradictions.
    • Anonymous
      Money didnt change the man Mr Gunit historian the endorsement deal did. You Geek Unit losers still living in the past talking about Tony Yayo! Hehe! fuckin nerdboy!
    • Anonymous
      endorsement deal = money
    • Anonymous
      "Money didnt change the man Mr Gunit historian" Actually I'm a Rick Ross historian seeing as how I read that in an old interview Ross did with XXL.
  • jay
    king wanted us to have our own black economy our own companies if we did that this country would crumble niggas are big consumers
    • Anonymous
      Thats the whites worst nightmare.
    • Anonymous
      There is no such thing as a black or white economy, you fucking retard.
  • jay
    yea that speech got him smoked, that nigga said economically withdraw support from them. the white man needs our revenue we as blacks were worth 20-30 billion back in 68 I wonder how much revenue we as blacks produce now
    • Anonymous
      not enough to matter
    • Nat Turner
      We need to coordinate or warfare with our enemy (whites), some of us need to attack him economically by starting business's owning business, real estate, stock etc.... then we need others to attack his bloodline and go after white women to bring more colored babies into the world while eliminating a chance for white babies to be born. then we need to other to attack him with violence especially in countries were he is slaughtering red, yellow, and brown people indiscriminatlly. then we also attack him with propaganda we will attempt to drive him to deviant behaviors like homosexuality, drug-abuse, alcoholism and other self-destructive behaviors to keep him in a stupor unable or unwilling to fight back It is a war going on outside that no man is safe from, we are all soldiers and we can fight our enemy many different ways but the foundation of our attack must be to strengthen the black family unit, economic empowerment, knowledge of Self, righteous living and recognizing our true enemy. One Love
    • Anonymous
      Please seek help BruthaDee you are seriously missing a few screws
  • Anonymous
    If only MLK would have lived to hear Ross and Birdman rhyme nigga with nigga in their fairy tale raps
    • Anonymous
      He would have lived to hear Obama being called nigga nigga nigga nigga by your people.
    • Anonymous
      my people? LOL you dont even know man
  • Anonymous
    lol this guy is hilarious
  • Anonymous
    Ross makes a point... integration is the first step but black ownership of companies was the most important part...never to be told
  • Anonymous
    MLK was a great man its tragic that white people had to kill him.
  • Anonymous
    I don't care wat people say we love the cop officer ricky cb4 for life
  • Rumando
    If MLK was still alive William Roberts would be one dude King wouldn't even associate with. He would wish him best wishes but would distance himself from Ross as far as possible. Ross equals everything King spoke out against, a rapper pretending to be a drug lord taking another man's identity and making music about drug dealer, strip clubs, sex with multiple women and material worship.
    • Edgar Mencia
      You sound like a prostitute. MLK was a preacher who found it in his heart to forgive people like you who hated him, beat him, jailed him, spit on him, harrassed him and eventually killed him so I doubt he'd have have anything but positive advice for a fellow brother regardless of how degenerate that brothers music was.
    • fuccya
      Edgar Mencia, lmao, get the fuck out, mmg nutrider. Shameful fucks like William Roberts shouldnt even talk about such great people.
    • Willard
      How does Edgar know what a prostitute sounds like?
  • Anonymous
    Rozay should have named his label after a black company or something the black man created.
    • Anonymous
      Thats small shit, Id rather he come back to Carol City High and give out IPads like he did last year or have more food drives and toy drives, I care less about names and more about community action,
    • Anonymous
      What does it say about the man who bases his whole brand and image around a German luxury brand owned by evil whites?
    • WingStop Cutler
      What you haters cant understand is that we don't care about the name of a brand named after your evil people we just want him to continue to open businesses in the community to provide jobs for our people. You can criticize JayZ because he named his label after another one of your evil people named Rockefeller but we could care less as long as JayZ is making moves in the corporate world kicking down doors for people like us from the Hood.
    • Anonymous
      thank god for all those minimum wage jobs serving fat slobs chicken wings
  • Anonymous
    Unlike Rick Ross who will be forgotten 2 years after he retires.
    • Anonymous
      compare almost anyone to mlk and they are going to lose hater.
    • Anonymous
      Ross wont be forgotten untill he stops making music, last year "Bugatti" and "UOENO" kept him in rotation in the club and Magna Carter had him in rotation in the 'Burbs so as long as hes on albums with Pusha T or Bun B he will be on your conscious,
    • gnigga_pleeze
      on my conscious huh? even if you had said conscience that statement would still not make sense. why are ross fans so fucking stupid? there seems to be a correlation. oh and, mlk would have been disgusted by rick ross calling dope selling african americans "real niggas", and basically every aspect of his behavior.
    • Anonymous
      The last fag put "nigga" in his screen name, misspelled it and then had the nerve to rant about "stupidity".....stay in school kids idiots come in all sizes, even the midget above.
  • wordz from da hood
    ohhh lawd it be mawtin luther king day shiitt we fidden to hav a baw be qu we gon make chicken, ham hocks, collie greens, drank sum wawta-melon kool aid, sum colt 45, sum lean, sum dem black n milds and swisha sweets. Mayne all my niggas gon be at my auntie shequesha hou celebratin! afta dat ima fine me a nice big booty ho giva muhhh diickk nd pass out on her mama couch
    • Anonymous
      Weak impersonation but shows how deeply insecure you must be in order to know all those stereotypes and then save the part about the dick/penis for last.....dont be so insecure.
    • Anonymous
      lol, last month I was in a redneck part of US and the olde E 40's were plentiful! Whiteboys don't even know how to hate (or impersonate) correctly, because your people eat fried chicken & watermelon too! Now foh, and make sure you don't take your parent's gun to school weirdo
  • Jake One
    I dont understand why you white guys hate your Blacks so much, here in Croatia we love our Blacks and treat them as friends.
  • Wog Whacker
    Ni66er women have big butts but they smell like monkey sweat and their muffs look like roast beef.
  • 40oz
    I read that MLK was a drunk is this true?
    • Anonymous
      They tried to say he was a drunk and a druggie who slept with white prostitutes and had depraved sexual appetites but if this was true he could have became president instead of getting his brains blown out.
    • Anonymous
      absolutely pointless comment. don't quit your day job.