A drum major for justice
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While I like to use this space to share what is on my mind, I feel inadequate to express in words what he has meant to our country. So I thought I would share something I read recently that I had not seen before: Dr. King’s own words on how he would like to be remembered, delivered in the last sermon he gave at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
“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. 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. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. 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.”