Martin Luther King Jr. - 01.20.2014

Martin Luther King

Today, January 20, is Martin Luther King Jr. day and his birthday – he would have been 85 this year. His picture hangs in my office, as he was a great influence on my life.  The short clip below is from a sermon he gave just a few months before his assassination at 39 years of age. He encouraged his tribe to seek greatness, and to do it in the name of service.

“If you want to be out in front, like a Drum Major, and feel 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.

“This 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 and a soul generated by love.  And you can be that servant.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


Let’s be great. Let’s be important. Let’s be recognized, because we serve.


Sending love and gratitude,

Ryan Black

Founder + CEO

3 thoughts on “Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. Martin Luther King is a true inspiring role model not only for the African/black Community but also other races as well. He and his messages will never die, forever they will survive for endless times. He is PEACE, LOVE and a LEADER!

  2. Your quote of Dr. King inspired me and I am drawn to write you. Are you posting these blog comments? Perhaps it’s a silly question in a day-in-age when one hires others to represent them in just about every way! It’s okay if you did of course :) Yet, if it is YOU Ryan, I want to say thanks for taking the time and for the remembrance of what matters most! I believe in being in the service of others and strive to do so daily. I am also inspired by your organization and hope to create one that I am equally proud of someday. Wish you well & much happiness ~

    • Hey, Lynn! Ryan doesn’t answer the blog comments personally, but I will be sure to pass along your wonderful words to him. Thank you so much for the support and well wishes. Spreading positivity is what life is really all about. Much love to you, Michelle.

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