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Part Three: Who are the drum majors for justice in your community?


  1. Read King’s “The Drum Major Instinct.” Students may also listen to the speech. (ca. 38 min)
  2. Focus on King’s description of a “drum major for justice.” Who in your community fits this description? Who is living the philosophy of nonviolence? 
  3. After identifying local members of the community who fight for justice, invite them to your class. Prepare interview questions for your community members. For example, ask them about their “blueprint for life.” What guides them? What gives them strength? What inspires them? Has it always been easy? When things in life did not turn out the way they wanted or expected, what did they do?