All Dr. King Wanted Us To Say

If any of you 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 him not to talk too long…

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 all to a 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.

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.

…I just want to leave a committed life behind.

And that’s all I want to say.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, February 4, 1968

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*Photo taken during my visit of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. (Fall 2015)

Happy birthday, Dr. King.

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