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MLK: The Drum Major Instinct

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On Feb. 4, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a sermon that many consider prophetic of his impending death.

On Feb. 4, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a sermon that many consider prophetic of his impending death. In the sermon, King reiterated his long-standing call to his congregation to work through love and service to others as they struggle for greatness for themselves and for humanity at large. Toward the end of the sermon, King spends time talking about how he hoped to be remembered not for his awards and achievements, but for his service to others. He imagines his funeral and shares what he hopes his own eulogy will include.

I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

 


Read the entire transcript here

View a hard copy at The King Center