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Drum Major Institute

Drum Major Institute carries on the work and vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by fostering a culture of radical nonviolence and active participation in our democracy. 

Founded by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harry Wachtel, lawyer and counselor to Dr. King during the civil rights movement, the Drum Major Institute was revitalized by their sons, Martin Luther King III and William B. Wachtel. Today, DMI is helmed by Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, and their daughter Yolanda Renee King. The organization leads through collaboration by convening leaders and organizations to identify common-sense solutions to our most pressing social problems. The Drum Major Institute strives to inspire people to embrace their role in the King legacy, create the beloved community and take action to promote peace, justice and equity for all. 


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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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