Martin Luther King Jr.
January 3rd, 1964 Dr. King was on the cover of Time Magazine as "Man of the Year." On December 10th of the same year, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace at the age of 35 in Norway. After winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. King began to shift his focus from the cause of racial segregation on to the problem of poverty and the destitute living conditions of poor Americans, especially in large cities in the north.
In 1967 Dr. King along with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference announced a new cause: "The Poor People's Campaign." He began this campaign with the hopes of bringing economic justice and housing for the poor in the United States. As he stated: "We believe the highest patriotism demands the ending of the war and the opening of a bloodless war to final victory over racism and poverty.” -- From "To the Mountaintop" by Stewart Burns, 2004.
"If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness. And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that 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. And you can be that servant."
- Excerpted from Dr. Martin Luther King's sermon, "The Drum Major Instinct" presented February 4, 1968.