Home » Martin Luther King Jr., “The Drum Major Instinct” FINAL Sermon — COMPLETE

MLK’s last SERMON… prophetically ends with his own eulogy, beginning at 35:07.

Delivered to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia on February 4, 1968.

Not to be confused with his last SPEECH “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” given two months later on April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Also, there’s an edited 19 minute version floating around… it’s missing 3 sections and actually CUTS OFF HIS FINAL SENTENCE! Unbelievable…

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TEXT: http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_the_drum_major_instinct/

King’s “Drum Major Instinct” sermon, given on 4 February 1968, was an adaptation of the 1952 homily ”Drum-Major Instincts” by J. Wallace Hamilton. King encouraged his congregation to seek greatness, but to do so through service and love. King concluded the sermon by imagining his own funeral, downplaying his famous achievements and emphasizing his heart to do right.

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