SWB Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr: In His Own Words
Feb 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr, presented Drum Major Instinct in front of a congregation. The sermon was meant to downplay his achievements and only highlight his life work to do right. I found this sermon compelling, emotional, and transparent to the way a man of great service would want to be remembered. Let's celebrate the man, leader, and activist, in his own words. This excerpt was given two months before King's assassination.
If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school.
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.
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CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING AND HIS SERVICE BEFORE SELF ACTS
We celebrate him for his birthday Jan 15th and allow the world to celebrate him on Jan 16th. No matte when we recognize him, let it be done for his work, service and sacrifice. Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.