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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

In the event of inclement weather, the MLK Celebration will occur as planned.

In a sermon delivered over a half century ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described what he called the “Drum Major Instinct” to the congregation in Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church. The sermon includes the following passage from Dr. King that acknowledged the desire to lead but emphasizes selfless motives: “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…We all have the drum major instinct.”

The words he spoke that day serve as inspiration for scholarships we will award to deserving high school students who aspire to careers in healthcare. One $500 scholarship each is available for Jennings, Normandy, Hazelwood, Ferguson-Florissant and Riverview Gardens school districts; Incarnate Word Academy, Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory, Trinity Catholic and Lutheran North high schools and St. Louis Community College.

These words also serve as inspiration for a Drum Major Award in honor of unsung individuals who have given their time, talents, and treasure in service of justice and equality. The 2020 Drum Major Award recipients are Dr. Lynn Beckwith, Jr.; Rosemary Hanley; Honorable Rev. Tommie Pierson, Sr.; Honorable Betty Thompson and The Empowerment Network.

The Drum Major Scholarships and Drum Major Awards will be presented during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon. The keynote address will be given by the Honorable Dr. Michael A. Battle. His service to the nation included serving as U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and senior advisor to the State Department for the U.S./Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Barack Obama.

Musical selections provided by Cheryl Brown and Friends. Complimentary valet parking. 

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2020 Drum Major Award Recipients

Lynn Beckwith Jr

Chair, Riverview Gardens School District Special Administrative Board
President, Saint Louis County Library Board of Trustees

Rosemary Hanley

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
The Little Bit Foundation

Honorable Rev. Tommie Pierson

Mayor, Bellefontaine Neighbors
Pastor, Greater St. Mark Family Church
Former State Representative

Honorable Betty Thompson

Former State Representative
Civil Rights Activist

Honorable Betty Thompson

Resource center for patients & families affected by prostate cancer

Drum Major Awards are bestowed upon unsung individuals who have given time, talents, and treasure in service of justice and equality. 

Our Sponsors

MLK Presenting Sponsor
Centene Charitable Foundation

Inspiration Partner
St. Louis Community College Foundation

Hope Partner
Hazelwood School District
North County Inc.

Healing Partner
Anthem Foundation
BJC HealthCare
BJC Planning, Design and Construction
The Estates Communities

Christian Hospital and Northwest HealthCare, members of BJC HealthCare, provide world-class medical care to the communities of North County, Greater St. Louis County and Southern Illinois.

Friday, January 17, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Christian Hospital
Paul F. Detrick Atrium Building
11133 Dunn Road 
St. Louis, Missouri 63136

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We are no longer taking reservations online. Please call the Christian Hospital Foundation office at 314-653-5162 for more information.

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Christian Hospital
11133 Dunn Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63136

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