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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.

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    A Tribute to Congressman John Lewis

    By Martin Luther King III  Today, the United States, and the world, has lost a true champion for human rights and democracy. My wife Arndrea and our daughter Yolanda Renee, and I express our deepest condolences to his family. I knew Congressman John Lewis all my life. He was someone that my mother and my father told me I could always trust. He was always there for me as a colleague, a friend, and a mentor.
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    Martin Luther King III on Death of Rev. C.T. Vivian

    July 17, 2020 - The news that Rev. C.T. Vivian has died is still being processed by many of us associated with the Civil Rights Movement. C.T. was passionate about the advancement of African Americans and the poor.  He was a fearless advocate for freedom, justice, and equality. Rev. Vivian was a distinguished-looking man, always well dressed, articulate like a college professor, and there was no doubt about his love for his wife and his family.
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