Martin Luther King, Jr.
every now and then I guess we all think realistically
about that day when we will be victimized with what
is life's final common denominator, that something that
we call Death. We all think about it, and every now
and then I think about my own death, and I think about
my own funeral, and I don't think of it in a morbid
sense. And every now and then I ask myself "What
is it that I would want said?" And I leave the
words to you this morning.
If any of you are around when I have to meet my day.
I don't want a long funeral. And if you get somebody
to deliver the eulogy, tell 'em not to talk too long.
And every now and then I wonder what I want 'em to say,
tell 'em not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace prize,
that isn't important. Tell 'em not to mention that I
have three or four hundred other awards, that's not
important. Tell 'em not to mention where I went to school.
I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther
King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I'd
like somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King,
Jr., tried to love somebody. I want you to say that
day that I tried to be right on the war question. I
want you to be able to say that day that I did try to
feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day
that I did try in my life to clothe the naked. I want
you to say on that day that I did try in my life to
visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that
I tried to love and serve humanity.
Yes, if you want to say that I was a "Drum Major,"
say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I
was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness
and all of the other shallow things will not matter.
I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have
the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind,
but I just wanna leave a committed life behind. And
that's all I wanna say, 'if I can help somebody, as
I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a song, if
I can show somebody he's traveling wrong, then my living
will not be in vain. If I can do my duty as a Christian,
or if I can bring salvation to a world once wrought,
if I can spread the message as the Master taught, then
my living will not be in vain.' "
Yes, Jesus, I wanna be on your right or your left side,
not for any selfish reasons. I want to be on your right
or your left side, not in terms of some political kingdom,
or ambition, but I just want to be there in love and
in justice and in truth."
do you what people to say about you?