In her most powerful video to date, Eunique Jones Gibson, a young culture architect from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, chose to uphold the values of responsible leadership and humanity with her “Salute To Dr. King.”
The video is an extension of Gibson’s adorable “Because of Them We Can” Black History Month campaign — a series of engaging and “aww-inducing” photographs released in an effort to “educate and connect a new generation of heroes who have paved the way.
This year, she’s releasing a series of videos to honor the individuals who shaped Black History. Her latest video, a salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., features a young Martin bringing about change in his community and for people of all creeds.
Over images of young kids of all races playing together, Dr. King can be heard preaching parts of his famous “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon, delivered on February 4, 1968 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. It would also become his last sermon before he was assassinated that same year in April.
If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school.
I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others.
I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody.
I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question.
I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry.
And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked.
I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison.
I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness.
For visual narratives on the groundbreaking Cosby Show, Janelle Monae’s confidence and creativity, Nelson Mandela’s freedom fighting, Rosa Parks’ activism, Zora Neale Hurston’s words, Malcolm X’s story, Jones’ take on Muhammad Ali (featuring her impossibly adorable son, Chase) and the rest of her Black History Month Campaign, click here.
And check out this video of Gibson discussing her too-cute campaign with GlobalGrind:
Visit BecauseOfThemWeCan for more information on Gibson’s campaign and to take the Because Of Them We Can Pledge.