"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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  • 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.

  • HASSAN I. GAMA

    WHAT INSPIRE ME MOST IS HIS VISION AND THE SPEECH WAS MADE IN 1968 NOT IN 2010

  • 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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