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Drum Major Institute

Drum Major Institute is dedicated to continuing the unparalleled legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by fostering a culture of nonviolence and active participation in our democracy.


The Drum Major Institute was founded in 1961 by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harry Wachtel, lawyer and counselor to Dr. King during the civil rights movement. The name "Drum Major" stems from a recurring theme in Dr. King's speech, which was delivered on February 4, 1968.