"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve... You only need a heart full of grace." On 4 February 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. preached "The Drum Major Instinct" (adapted from the 1952 homily of the same name by well-known, liberal, white Methodist preacher J. Wallace Hamilton) from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. This short video excerpts the portion of the speech where King urges his congregation to greatness through service and love.


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  • Riley

    What portion of the speech (time points) was this taken from?

  • Hugh Janus

    it was very amazing-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  • reet

    yes truly we all are great no doubt about it only we must reveal ourselfs and serve unconditionally

  • Winna calaor

    i inspired this video because i know that anyone of us is a great and all of us can deserve of what we have....

  • sophia primacio

    Everyone can be great by just being there to serve others by heart.

  • raffy cambaya

    there are many thing to be done but only HEART can be a way to serve right

  • merie fer medequillo

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mary ann

    an inspiring,,, if we will be great,, we will be united!!!!!

  • chekaina glory juarez

    Ya ! rYt .. it is an inSpirrationaL message

  • Mae

    what a inspiring speech! i love it!

  • dave maches

    your fucking right mate and thats what i like

  • jaireh nick

    very inspiring..........greatness is to help other people in the world.............

  • myle jynne

    wow love it............ i believe that greatness is in everybody

  • charity

    i'm so inspired i hope everybody will read it woaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh what a relief thanks

  • clariz lawan

    its really inspire me and my friends it touches my heart!!!!!!:):).....

  • nazheed

    so inspiring love ittttttttttttttttt

  • daveangeles

    how inspiring

  • Xia Baro Lo

    I really dreamed to be good students, but my conception, should be good and wise lessons, but now I know that the real definiton of great, not only found the lesson to be smart, have otherwise been turned out to be a noteworthy that a SERVANT with kindness, compassion and advocate.

  • jenny

    this video is very inspiring! :D dr.martin luther king jr. is really great!

  • I'm a Grade-9 JADE student

    Wow! I should put this in my heart & in my mind that I can be a servant to be great, Thank's to this video :)

  • Senora Santibanez

    duh! Just SERVE!

  • Rein

    how to download it?? i got inspired with the message of the video..he's true right??

  • Ayessa Malik

    Nice speech from MLK Jr. It inspired me a lot to be a great person someday :)

  • dmitry corpuz

    how to download it??

  • Deane Nepomuceno

    Very inspiring! Go MariSci!

  • varzzenne nathalie szherielle cameron

    soomuch inspiring.. #everybody can be great

  • Marianne Dayauon

    i inspired me a lot,..very nice this speech for all,and im be the one that want to be a great,only by needing of heart, with the full of grace and soul that generated by love.....like what my teacher said being simplicity,and you can start today,................nice speech:)

  • richard paul t millendez

    so inspiring . . . relates alot//

  • rafael

    Like to This *^_^*

  • rannie cornesio

    wow wonderful jd

  • im a filipino grade 9 student

    Wonderful paula

  • paula

    i want to serve to be great!!


    That's Beautiful inspireme alot

  • im a filipino grade 9 student

    You only need of Heart,Full of Grace soul Generated by Love You can be that thats so inspiring

  • Reyn

    I hope i can download this video. I really need this.

  • pauz

    I'm confident now:)

  • mansur

    i hope a man like him to become president. he could really inspire more than one nation

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  • Val

    The simplicity of it You can start today

  • Toni Rose

    Wow. Very Sincere. Simple yet inspiring :)

  • Lucky

    "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve... You only need a heart full of grace." Yahh Right ! :) awesome,very inspiring... Love it <3

  • Ella Mae Astoveza

    Well, this video inspires me a lot. I'm thanking my English teacher for making us watch this.

  • lovely claire

    thank you for this video love it i get lesson from it super awesome "He who is greatest you among shall be a servant > that’s the new definition of greatness Everybody can be great everybody can serve you don’t have your college degree to serve You only need a heart full of grace Soul generated by love you can be that servant" i can be great because i can serve

  • dexie dianne dicag

    his right everybody can be great..

  • genny soriano

    LABORARE'ORARE Let your labor be a whisper of our prayers. People are born great. One should only ponder on his role (DREAM) and PUT IT TO ACTION. SALUTE TO LUTHER!

  • Rebecca Parungao

    All the words and comments by Martin Luther King is an eye opener. How I wish all the people in our government will think and act the way Martin Luther King. Also for ordinary people like us, we could be great in our own little way.

  • conrado

    He's Right Everybody Can Be Great :D He's Awesome

  • apple samperoy

    awesome :D this is wonderful!very inspiring, short but meaningful..

  • ali tukuran

    well said and full of useful thoughts for each of us... i hope that there will be another man like him

  • Beverly Degamo

    this is the greatest speech that I've ever heard

  • Jerome Acenas

    this is a very great speech....

  • Jerome Acenas

    This video is full of moral lessons.

  • Jerome Acenas

    It tells that everyone can be great and everyone can serve..

  • Jerome Acenas

    That`s our next lesson/..........

  • Jerome Acenas

    It is very meaningful and inspiring.........

  • John

    To help make a positive change in the world you don't have to do great things, but you do have to do something.

  • Shirley

    You can do small things in a great way! Don't underestimate your value and the value of the contributions you make.

  • S Acharya

    Great and inspiring speech...

  • Washingtone Okello

    I have realized there's room for me to be GREAT, what I need to do is to think positive of myself and cultivate the spirit of being GREAT.

  • William

    very simple yet powerful and inspiring...

  • Kristin

    Martin`s sincerity.

  • Sue

    His words still inspire.

  • RAS

    Everything - RAS

  • David Price

    god want all of us to serve.

  • SFDoug

    The Call to Serve ...

  • Anthony

    We want to be Great without serving. But we must serve inorder to be great.

  • ArunChikkop

    We all can be that servant... Yet so many of us are not. we need to make change happen...

  • eunice

    That our greatness is based on our service to each other and as caretakers of the earth

  • Dan

    it has moved me on the area of looking down on myself i thought that greatness starts with the fimily you came fromif your father was poor which the children will follow BUT NOW I CAN MAKE I HAVE WHAT TAKES

  • Noor A.F

    It is fantastic but I don't know him

  • bilkis

    what a great man, Martin Luther King, how he worked with a passion and love for his people, history can never forget men like him, who inspire, love and care with such passion that it leaves an indelible mark on the minds of people whom he led and all the people in this world who aspire for human rights and love humanity

  • Yvonne

    What inspires me about this presentation is that the message stands up. It is just as powerful to day as it was them. Whether you are a Baby Boomer, Gen X, Y, Z. This rings true. The hip hop aspect of this particular presentation is a brilliatn.

  • Janis Horwedel

    This is what I shall share in my thesis statement. I could not have said it better myself. This is my freedom song.



  • kiran_ks

    MLK's voice, intonation and action-inspiring speech is awesome and so unique. - Kiran (MBAGI)

  • Jane

    It's a powerful message. I love the phrase 'You only need a heart full of grace.' Instead of fame and/or money, people should strive for greatness through service and love. Powerful reminder.

  • Nicholas

    you can be what you want to be as long as you have the potential to do what you've set your mind to do

  • Susan

    A reminder of the greatest meaning in life.

  • Mary

    It's simplicity and truth which is so profound

  • osborn juma

    to be strong,to have dreams and to be wonderful

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  •  Read the full text of "The Drum Major Instinct" sermon.
  •  Learn more about Nobel Peace Laureate and nonviolent civil rights activist, Martin Luther King, Jr.
  •  Consider this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. and see how you might apply it in your life: "At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love."

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