Monday, January 16, 2012

In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family's long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor. Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born into the family. ...More at Nobelprize.org

Poem by Evangeline
I have two eyes,
One mouth,
Two ears,
A brain,
A pair of lungs,
A heart.
I laugh,
I cry,
I fear,
I sigh.
Why do you set me apart?
I’m just like you,
You’re just like me.
There is no difference that I see.
Your snide remarks,
The tears I shed,
Make my only wish for me to be dead
I fear mornings,
I fear nights,
I wonder,
Will this wrong ever be made right?


7 comments:

  1. The poem is beautiful and I love to read about people who truly are amazing! Happy Martin Luther King Day :)

    P&L
    ~Peace & Love~

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  2. What a wonderful poem, and so sad that it still rings true.

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  3. What an inspiring poem. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Beautiful poem! I especially love the beginning.

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  5. Thanks everyone. Evangeline does have a great poetic voice. =) And sadly, yes, Sarah. It still happens.

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  6. He's one of the few people whose name is recognised worldwide. Long may his memory live.

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