Yousuf Karsh- Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr. from “The Drum Major Instinct” Sermon given at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Georgia 1968
There are so many great points made in this sermon. It’s a really good read and so much of it continues to resonate with life in the world today.