Born January 15 1929
Martin Luther King Jr. was his name
Stood head tall, with a good mind frame
Fought for the rights of many whites and blacks
Who would ever think he would ignite a flame
And bring about a sudden spark
Discriminated and mistreated by many whites
Who didn’t give blacks their apparent rights?
You see, blacks’ sitting on the back of the bus was required
We were just ordinary black folks who worked hard & were tired
During the boycott the K.K.K. abruptly protested
Hundreds of leaders including Martin Luther King
Rosa Parks were arrested
He is best known for being an iconic figure
A strong representative and a great believer
Presented as a heroic leader
In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive
The Nobel Peace Prize
For his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination was
August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King gave the “I have a dream Speech”
Martin please preach
O, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up
And live out of its creed.
“We hold these truths to be self- evident that all men are created equal”
“I have a dream that one day out of the red hills of Georgia the sons of former
Slaves and the sons of former slave owners
Will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
“I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi,
A desert state sweltering with the heat and injustice of oppression
Will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day
Live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color
Of their skin but by the content of their character.
“I have a dream today will forever remain the work of
Martin Luther King Jr.
April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr.
Was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
Yes, a king has risen indeed
Forever remembered for his leadership, dignity and countless deeds.
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