A quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Photo by Kary Schumpert.
Photo by Kary Schumpert.

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The Drum Major Instinct,” Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA, February 4, 1968

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Author: Kary Schumpert @runningintolife

I am a composter, an environmental educator, a runner, a writer.

1 thought on “A quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

  1. One must possess grace (unmerited love) in their heart and grey matter to truly serve others in whatever capacity. Over the years, I have witnessed a few individuals (very unapproachable) who owned advanced higher education degrees but possessed rock-bottom morality. Physics, philosophy, and dexterous writing skills are highly honorable skills. But there are some functions higher education will not deliver to society. I possess two master degrees and have been serving the hungry and homeless breakfast once a month in downtown Durham, NC for three-and-a-half years. A warm smile along with a good breakfast traverses a long distance in helping the less fortunate have a prosperous day. Come Lord Jesus. Amen!

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