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The Drum Major Institute

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 12, 2007

 One of the things they don’t teach you in high school American History class is that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King spent the last few years of his life working to end the Vietnam War.  The half-decade between the March on Washington and the shots on the hotel balcony has been nearly erased in the retellings of the histories that most Americans will encounter during their lives.

Two months before he was assassinated, Dr. King gave this sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct“, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.  I recommend reading it, if only for seeing the depth and breadth of his scholarship.  Forget morality and humanity, much less the call to America to stop its unjust war:  How many right-wing preachers, then or today, could or would come close to him in terms of sheer intellectual force?

That’s why I’m pleased today to talk about a group that seeks to honor all of Dr. King’s memory, not just the bits you get from TV or from censored high-school history texts.

The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy was founded by friends and co-workers of Dr. King, and works to this day to further his aims in the realms of peace and justice and prosperity for all.  They’re having a benefit party on the 21st to honor those persons, of all walks of life and political persuasions, who in the past year have worked towards these goals.  Check it out.

One Response to “The Drum Major Institute”

  1. What a lovely blog post! I really think that Rev. Dr. James Forbes speech at the June 21st benefit will be in the great oratory tradition you referenced. I’ve heard him speak before and he is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

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