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About DMI

Founded in 1961 by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harry Wachtel, his lawyer and counselor during the civil rights movement, the Drum Major Institute carries Dr. King’s work and vision of radical nonviolence into the 21st century, democratizing it for all people. DMI leads through collaboration by convening leaders and organizations to identify common sense solutions to our most pressing problems. DMI strives to inspire people to embrace their role in the King legacy, to empower them to build the beloved community and take action to promote peace, justice and equity for all.

Democratizing the King legacy for all generations.

About the King Family

Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King and their daughter Yolanda Renee King have taken the helm of the Drum Major Institute to carry the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into the 21st century, democratize that legacy, and create the beloved community through education, direct action and engagement, inspiration, collaboration, partnerships and dialogue.

Spread the word, have you heard, all across the nation, we are going to be a great generation.

Yolanda Renee King

Past, Present, Future

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy and voice is as important today as it was upon the founding of the Drum Major Foundation 60 years ago. The Drum Major Institute carries his work and vision of radical nonviolence into the 21st century, democratizing it for all people.

Today, helmed by Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King and their daughter Yolanda Renee King, the organization leads through collaboration by convening leaders and organizations to identify common sense solutions to our most pressing social problems.

The Drum Major institute strives to connect the past to the present and inspire people to embrace their role in the King legacy now and into the future. We must all do our parts to create the beloved community and take action to promote peace, justice and equity for all.

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice.

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