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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…

Comprehensive collection can be purchased here…


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.

Comments (31)

  1. We are Servants for Christ ..humility is. Great!!

  2. "you know what, you should be marching with us as poor as you are"…lol

  3. WOWW! This sermon hits on everything happening in American society in 2019. Timeless!!! I love you Dr, King. GOD used u well.

  4. He's talking about something that we all struggle with from time to time. An inflated sense of our own importance. PRIDE. It makes us want to believe we are above other. Like a sick contest to be one of the haves.

  5. This really makes me feel bad for being a drum major in my school band. Before I became one, it's all I wanted to do. All that motivated me was my ego, and now I'm not sure if I need to do it again

  6. God thank you a zillion times for the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A great man like Dr. King comes around once in a thousand years.

  7. My former pastor, the late Rev Dr. Harold A Carter Sr. (New Shiloh Baptist Church of Baltimore MD), was taught underneath Dr. King, and he heard Dr king preached and proclaim that within his sermons that; change was coming for our people who was oppressed, and segregated by the former society of segregation, and we need young people needs to hear this sermon, and let them know; will y'all do this and that to be those that you idolize on music and television".

  8. Little drummer boy in chief

  9. 🌬️Tell the truth shame 😈 for making human being running behind fake imagine of the Jones know ideal you just hurt you 👣🍇🌎

  10. Blessed soul of God's Kingdom, ~ for never was such a child of God's deliverance~ to embody freedom', so much in the spirit of John ~

  11. The Lord sent His prophet MLK as He sent other prophets in the past and they murdered Him. America has an ever present struggle with the truth. 50 yrs later and some things changed, but there's still a very long way to go.

  12. Yes Martin! You ought to be out here marching w/us!

  13. I feel more sorry for James Earl Ray . He may have did what he did, but he was the real victim ! He had a rough life UNLIKE Dr King

  14. Brilliant sermon, message therein ♡♡♡

  15. Bless the precious memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Bless also, his family, friends, and colleagues ♡♡♡

  16. I'm looking a the time span of the posts thinking of the drastic changes in our nation over the last 5 yrs; 12 yrs; much more 1968. Same problems, same sermon. I think what people missed the most about Rev MLK, Jr is his belief in God. God the higher power over us that we try to live up to. All of us. God rest your soul Rev. Thank you for your encouragement.

  17. Outstanding sermon!!!

  18. Here 2 days after MLK Jr day 2019, a lot went on on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this year.

  19. Powerful Sermon by Dr. King

  20. His living was not in vain.

  21. King of king,Lord of Lord🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏Award not important,Help some one along the way, 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏Do my duties as a Christian,make this old World a New World,In his name,I want to do his will🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏Help me Lord!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  22. Jesus said you want to be first in genoristy,You must earn it,Every body can serve🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  23. Help me Lordy🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏To help rather than pull them down🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏Help Lord🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏Preach,I heard that before,Church is one place you need to forget your title,Every body should be the same bc we the same in His eye, Forget a bout the Drum majors Instint!Help us father!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  24. A real man of God…what a Man!

  25. Drum major for life, has open my eyes, to the great one's, before me, Their Honor, Realness, Wsdom, Character, But, most importantly, free will, to love GOD AN GOD ALONE LOVE for helping him, see the light, of universal love, for humanity……This is going to live with me, for a life time an I will continue, to get as many people as I possibly can, to share his message…..

  26. God bless you all in the mighty name of Jesus. Keep fighting the good fight of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  27. I salute you more today than ever Prophet and Saint of God, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. !! ALL HAIL THE KING!!!!!!

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