The 137-mile train ride that took Barack Obama from Philadelphia to Washington, DC is not nearly as big a trip as the journey of 232 years from the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia to the inauguration of the first black president in Washington, DC.

The day before America inaugurates its first black president, we will observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist pastor who literally gave his life for this to be possible. Many would not have imagined that we would see it in our lifetime.

On the very Washington mall that will be filled with hundreds of thousands of people, including the students from the ivy preparatory school in Norcross, Georgia Dr. King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.

One of his lesser known, but perhaps more compelling speeches ever, was the one delivered on February 4, 1968, two months to the day before his assassination. It was a sermon delivered at his church, the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, called "The Drum Major Instinct."

I have posted it in its entirety on my Web site, mikehuckabee.com, and I encourage you to go there and read the entire message.

I believe it's maybe the most brilliant and insightful message of his life and career and it reminds us that within every person resides the drum major instinct; the instinct to be recognized, appreciated, and significant; to be in the front of the parade. When that instinct is used for selfish purposes, it can do great harm, but when we channel the drum major instinct to be a drum major for justice, for righteousness, for truth, and for peace —- we are drum majors that can make the old world a new world.

Today, I salute the amazing accomplishment of Barack Obama to become our 44th president, but on the weekend we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I pay tribute to the drum major that made the parade on Tuesday possible.

I hope you'll take the time to go to my Web site and read the full message, "The Drum Major Instinct," and commit yourself to being a drum major for truth and righteousness.

That's my view, I would love to hear yours. E-mail your comments to: huckmail@foxnews.com

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was a 2016 Republican candidate for president of the United States.