The Drum Major’s Legacy

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 at 11:15 am

“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. (Amen) Say that I was a drum major for peace. (Yes) I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. (Yes) I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. (Amen) And that’s all I want to say.” To me these are one of the greatest lines from a speech that I’ve heard. Dr. Martin Luther King’s The Drum Major Instinct.

On this day we celebrate a man who became the symbol for a movement. He embodied the struggles, the pains, but also the hopes and dreams of things to come. Dr. King’s legacy can be felt from Mississippi to D.C., and yet we continue to make the American dream an obtainable goal for everyone no matter the race, gender, creed, or color. While many of us look to today as another day off, today is so much more than that. Today is an opportunity for us to reflect on our drum major instinct–where are we in marching for justice, peace and righteousness?


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